The 20th November 1996 in Stoke-On-Trent Jack Harrison was born and at age 14 he travelled across the pond with his Mother and found himself in Sheffield Massachusetts after being on the books with Liverpool and Manchester United.. In 2015 he won Gatorade player of the year for high school soccer, the talent was clear to see it was just yet to be uncovered by a professional club.
In 2016 he was a popular pick in the MLS draft with Chicago Fire and New York City FC fighting over the Englishman. Eventually after 3 injury hit months he made his debut from the bench vs New York Red Bulls in a crushing 0-7 defeat. Not the ideal start for any young pro but with some of the greats of the modern day era surrounding him such as Andrea Pirlo and David Villa he was on the right track.
With this in mind, whispers of a promising young English talent had people talking. With Harrison already playing for Manchester City’s partner club New York City FC it made the transfer simple. However it doesn’t take a genius to know nowadays you have to be pretty special to walk straight into Manchester City’s lineup, so Jack went out on loan to Middlesbrough. This loan spell didn’t go quite to plan only appearing 4 times.
That summer he was included in City’s pre-season tour of the States. This is where El Loco steps in. 30th July 2018 Jack Harrison links up with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad and features as a late substitute versus Stoke City, a game that will live long in the memory of Leeds fans. After scoring a late equaliser away at The Den in September Harrison’s season was very stop start but you could see a talent. He was often the one to be sacrificed for the new kid on the block Jack Clarke. Towards the latter end of the season Harrison showed signs that he’d settled into life in West Yorkshire. The whites stumbled at the crucial end of that season but Harrison’s match winner vs Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday and a perfectly placed pass for Kemar Roofe in the playoffs proved he’d grown into a Bielsa standard player.
This being said he returned that summer with extra confidence and fire in his belly to push Leeds back to the big time. That’s just what he did by adding more goals and assists to his game. He signs on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent for the upcoming Premier League season. Jack has been on a journey, not your usual way but he’s reached the big time nonetheless. It’s fair to say West Yorkshire is his home now.