Recognition in England is not far for the handsome Jack Harrison…
John Nicholson is a bit in love with two-legged Leeds United driver Jack Harrison. And not just because he’s a handsome b*star…
Who is it then?
Jack David Harrison is a 25-year-old Stoke-born, Bolton-raised winger who plays for Leeds United and scored his first hat-trick for the club last week.
Chosen as a special talent as a child, he spent a year at Liverpool’s youth academy and seven at Manchester United. However, when he was just 14, he made the customary and courageous decision to move to the United States with his mother to attend Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, where he also represented their team of affiliate club, Black Rock FC.
In 2015, at the age of 19, he was the Gatorade National Player of the Year for High School Football. He then entered the 2016 MLS SuperDraft as the youngest player available and was the No. 1 overall pick by Chicago Fire and traded to New York City FC for No. 4 overall pick Brandon Vincent, over the money.
He had to recover from a broken pelvis before making his NYCFC debut. In an impressive debut season, he became the club’s first teenage goalscorer, was nominated for the MLS Rookie of the Year award and was a runner-up for Goal of the Season.
His second season in New York was even better, seeing him garner plenty of praise for his 10 goals in 37 games. So much so that Manchester City (NYC is part of the City Group of sports washers) licked their lips and signed him, immediately loaning him to the powerful Middlesbrough which was then managed by Tony Pulis. But not being a centre-half, he only had four games and then he was loaned out again to Leeds and he played the whole 2018-19 season for them, impressing again. The Yorkshire club wanted to sign him but City now wanted £20million, even though he had never played for them, which seems a bit rich. He returned to Leeds for another season on loan, helped promote them, played a third season on loan at Elland Road before being signed for £11million on a permanent deal last summer until 2024.
He scored three goals against West Ham last week and, now 25, is a crucial player in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad. He has now played 146 games for the Whites and scored 24 times.
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First of all, it has to be said that he is a very handsome guy, even taking into account the inevitable top knot. Has that strong jawline and lovely smooth skin that perhaps betrays her teenage years spent in the United States being well-fed and well-trained and not having to go through the more traditional English teenage rituals of putting on pregnant girls and drinking White Lightning, usually at the same time. time.
To be a consistent starter for a Bielsa team, you have to be able and willing to run and run and run and run some more. And Jack is the real Energizer Bunny. He is fast and strong on the ball and off the ball. With a relatively low center of gravity, he has lightning-fast feet that allow him to get past defenders and, coupled with his physique, make him hard to stop. Sometimes he cleverly leans into the opposition to block them off the ball, almost turning them around.
A left footer usually playing on the left is rarer than it once was, looking at his clips it seems to me that he is actually good enough with his right to be called two footed. I know some coaches in America put a lot of emphasis on this, since it gives you such benefits. It constantly amazes many of us that top players playing for top clubs still have a foot that is essentially a baseball bat made from our skin and blood and serves next to nothing. You would think they would at least try to use both feet.
He can operate on the right and step in and he has been used more as a playmaker. He has a soft touch and can deliver a superb cross ball with the outside of his foot, curving it into the path of a rushing striker.
That hat-trick against West Ham showed a player who entered from the left, right and through the middle. It shows how much Bielsa uses his players in a flexible system. There’s nothing rigid about it. His goals to date show a player who can grab rebounds and drops, someone who can shoot from distance, shoot while running and do it both ways.
So we have a player who runs all day, works hard, has a lot of control and touch on the move and scores as many assists (eight goals eight assists last season). It’s no wonder he’s so popular with Leeds fans and at £11million he looks like a steal unlike many more expensive and far worse players.
three big moments
That hat-trick against West Ham United.
If anyone had any doubts about its quality, these clips should prove it…
Scoring against the useless Newcastle might not be the toughest task, but he finishes it off with some ease…
What people say
– Never whines at the ref, always gets up after a bad challenge, has no ego, works incredibly hard, goes back, works harder in the summer when he seems to like staying fit and healthy health. When he scores, they are usually beautiful technical goals. Generally pleasant person.
– Qualified, but above all fully committed to improving year on year, as shown by his track record at Leeds. He is extremely determined. Also, he has beautiful eyebrows.
First touch of a duvet. Similarly, when the mood takes him, he is just as happy to hit the ball as he is trying to kill it and kill everyone in front of him. Did some workout videos at home to keep ‘Bielsa in shape’ during lockdown with his girlfriend, which felt like some kind of
—Andy Bob (@kingandybob) January 21, 2022
– Would increase the “beauty quota” in any team.
– A first touch so soft and dreamy it would make talcum powder look like a bed of nails in comparison
– Washboard abs and manicured eyebrows.
His contract ends in two years, so expect an extension to be offered this summer. Although Leeds fans know his worth, it doesn’t look like he’s on the radar of moneybag clubs just yet, Leeds’ injury has been tough in the first half of this season and the occupation subsequent lower places in the league ensured this. It’s greatly to Leeds’ advantage as they have a squad of players, many of whom are absolutely fantastic and would be a great acquisition for the super rich clubs, but they probably think it would be like shopping at Aldi rather than to Waitrose to lower. themselves to buy a player from a lower third in the league, let alone pay big bucks for them. Newcastle are the exception to this, of course, who are willing to buy a huge wheelbarrow of beef mince to play in front of, or indeed anywhere.
Will he be invited to make the full England squad? He’s flexible and can play at least three positions, so it’s in his favor. Nothing gets you on a team faster than being able to cover more than one role. Plus the fact that he’s left-handed and can play a pure left-winger role gives him a point of difference, add the fact that team-mate Kalvin Phillips has become a linchpin in Gareth Southgate’s and all in all, a call for a team is not the farthest of imaginations. It’s a sign of England’s strength in depth that such a great player can be left out.
It’s his fifth season at Leeds and looks like he’s one of those clubs who move up the league in the final third of the season once they get all their players back. This may well put Jack more in the spotlight and he will attract more fans outside of West Yorkshire. A superb player with a great future, and a big thank you for Bielsa.