18 July 2024

There's talent there' - Sean Dyche delighted to have Leeds United loanee Jack  Harrison available - Leeds Live

Jack Harrison has admitted it was a “complicated” situation that saw him arrive at Everton from Leeds United amid drama involving Aston Villa.

The Toffees loanee spoke to the Liverpool Echo (28 September) after his debut in the Carabao Cup win over the Villans and was hesitant to expand on the “long story” behind his exit from Elland Road to Goodison Park, but emphasised he was “happy” to be at the club and “surprised” by the struggles over the past two seasons.

Harrison, 26, completed a season-long loan move on 14 August a day after Unai Emery’s side were reportedly attempting to hijack the deal despite Toffees medical tests already being done, before alarm was averted and agreement was reached.

Harrison told the Echo: “There is a long story behind it. I think I have to sit down and explain it properly, I don’t want to say anything out of turn.

“It was a complicated situation and in the end I ended up at Everton and I was happy to go there. I saw the values of the club, it’s a fantastic club and I’m surprised that they’ve been in the situation they have over the last couple of years.
“I think that with the talent they’ve got in the squad and the facilities with the staff and set-up they have as a club is very good. I’m happy to be here and hopefully I can add to an already talented team and we can build on these performances of the last two games and can create some success here at the club.”

Harrison arrived with an injury that has kept him out for a month and a half so he has time to make up for, but a positive showing on debut was a decent start.

Once he is fully fit he should be an asset to Sean Dyche, especially in the wake of Alex Iwobi and Demarai Gray’s departures.

Arriving thanks to a relegation release clause in his contract at Leeds contributed to a dynamic that was less than popular with the fanbase at his parent club, having only signed a new deal there in April.

And if he doesn’t want to speak out of turn on the drama that surrounded his move then it shows it was anything but straight forward in terms of Villa’s involvement.

Having seen Arnaut Danjuma’s first attempted loan hijacked by Tottenham in January, before a successful second attempt in the summer, Everton fans would have been forgiven for fearing a repeat performance with Harrison.

But he safely made it to the club and his return from injury has coincided with the same for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a much-needed back-to-back wins, so his introduction has come at the most positive period of the season so far.

If he can add to that and help keep the Toffees away from danger then a permanent stay may even be on the cards, although with Daniel Farke’s Whites side looking good currently a promotion for Leeds could put an end to that.

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