Leeds’ priority during the break in between transfer windows should be to tie down key players whose contracts are running low to new deals, starting with Jack Harrison.
He has been in fine form this season, with a goal and three assists from his six games so far, placing him joint-second in the Premier League assists standings.
Should Leeds tie him down to a new contract, which is being reported as being in the pipeline in the near future by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, what are the knock-on effects?
Harrison revealed to BBC’s Football Focus last month that his dream is to represent his country and he would love to make the World Cup squad in Qatar during November.
However, due to Gareth Southgate’s proclivity towards players he knows, it will be tough for the 25-year-old to break into his thinking without a move away from Leeds to a ‘bigger’ or ‘more established’ Premier League name, such as Spurs – who were linked via the Telegraph last season.
Southgate has picked his 28-man squad for The Nations League fixtures already, and although he says he picks based on form as well, it is difficult to see how these claims are substantiated other than through latest call-up Ivan Toney.
It is generally big name players from the household Premier League teams, perhaps Harrison has to become that in order to break his way in?
Are you confident Harrison will sign a new Leeds contract?
Removes interest from other clubs
If he should continue in his current form, and Leeds tie him down to a new deal, The Whites will be looking at a valuation increase which should put off any potential suitors for the winger.
Leeds rejected bids upwards of £20million from the likes of Newcastle, but LeedsAllOver sources are led to believe the club value Harrison upwards of around £35million.
Given his current form, this estimate could have already increased for a player who, at 25, is entering the prime years of his career, and a new deal only expands this estimate further.
It is imperative for Leeds that he signs a new deal given he is not only one of the biggest assets with re-sale value that the club has, but is also one of the team’s better players. Although, presently what’s seen as most optimal for Harrison still remains up in the air.