Leeds’ loan agreements in the summer came against their will for the most part, but not many have jumped ship to greener pastures thus far.
Things were looking strong for Everton and Jack Harrison before today’s bombshell, with four wins and two draws on the board already, looking highly likely to stay in the top flight.
Everton points deduction confirmed
The Toffees have been hit with a huge blow by the Premier League today, as it was confirmed that they have been deducted 10 points immediately due to a breach of profit and sustainability rules.
It sees Sean Dyche’s side drop to 19th in the table and five points adrift of safety, having been on course for a points tally of 44 based on their results so far.
Everton’s previous strong position casts some doubt over whether they will stay up this season, despite being more than good enough to be comfortable prior to today’s news.
Jack Harrison latest: Will he stay at Everton?
Harrison, meanwhile, might have seen his chances of a permanent transfer take a hit, knowing Everton have seen their problematic financial situation laid bare.
Phil Hay has shared today that there are two factors at play with Everton’s chances of signing Harrison beyond the summer of 2024, and one of those is whether Leeds get promoted without the winger:
“The Athletic has been told that if Leeds fail to go straight back up this season, the terms of Harrison’s contract could allow him to go out on loan again next summer. His move to Everton is a straight loan, with no option to buy, but he has settled well.”
Should Leeds get promoted and Everton stay up off the back of more strong Harrison performances, Leeds could end up pricing them out of a deal.
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Everton should stay up this season, given that they are only five adrift and have comfortably been five points better than some of the teams around them so far.
As for them signing Harrison, it all hinges on whether we go up, because that loan agreement is really frustrating.
If we do, then you can likely count Everton out of the running as he’d be costing a lot of money, that they have proven today they don’t have.