Winger Jack Harrison has made the switch from Leeds United to Premier League side Everton, with the Englishman set to join Sean Dyche’s side on a season-long loan.
Harrison first joined Leeds on loan from Manchester City in 2018, a deal which was made permanent in the summer of 2021. The 26-year-old has been a loyal servant since signing, making a total of 206 appearances for the Whites across all competitions.
His 34 goals and 32 assists during his time in West Yorkshire proved crucial in Leeds’ promotion push in the 2019/20 season under previous head coach Marcelo Bielsa, and also helped his side stave off relegation in their 2021/22 campaign – securing their top-flight status for another year on the final day with a winning goal against Brentford.
Harrison has not featured for the Whites this term – in both pre-season and competitive matches – due to injury, with this believed to be a key factor in another of the winger’s suitors, Aston Villa, pulling out of the race for his signature.
Everton head coach Dyche will hope that the signing of Harrison, as well as the acquisition of fellow winger Arnaut Danjuma on a season-long loan from Villarreal, will provide a much needed boost to an attack which struggled in their offensive potency last season.
Harrison becomes the latest in a long line of players to leave Elland Road on loan deals this transfer window, with defenders Robin Koch, Max Wober, Diego Llorente and Diego Llorente as well as midfielders Brenden Aaronson and Marc Roca all making their own loan switches.
Strikers Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo have also departed the club on permanent deals, to Birmingham City and Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan respectively.
A Leeds statement confirming Harrison’s departure read:
“Leeds United winger Jack Harrison has today joined Everton on loan until the end of the 2023/24 season.
“The 26-year-old made 206 appearances for Leeds, scoring 34 goals after joining the club, initially on a series of loans from Manchester City at the start of the 2018/19 season, before the deal was made permanent in July 2021.
“He went on to establish himself as a key player in the team, helping the club win promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in 2020, and over the past three seasons Harrison made 107 outings for the Whites in the Premier League.
“We thank Jack for his efforts and wish him good luck at Goodison Park.”
Leeds continue their Championship campaign on Friday 18th August when they host West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road after a 1-0 defeat away at Birmingham over the weekend.