Kieran Maguire: Leeds have played absolute blinder as true cost of Harrison deal revealed
Leeds United have pulled off an absolute blinder with their “six-year” Jack Harrison signing.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Leeds confirmed the signing on 2nd July.
This site revealed the following day that the total cost of the deal is worth over £20million with signing-on fee and wages taken into account.
Harrison, who penned a three-year deal, has spent the past three seasons on loan from Man City as an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
And Maguire argues that this arrangement means that Leeds have already squeezed a great deal of value out of the 24-year-old winger.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s effectively the fee spread over six years rather than three. It’s very good from a Leeds point of view.
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“All of the player-risk still rested with Man City as well. If you sign a player on a five-year contract and he turns out to be a dud, you’ve got a big hangover.
“We’ve seen that with other clubs who have spent a lot in terms of recruitment. You’ve only got to look at the likes of Joelinton at Newcastle. Those players are really difficult to get off the books.
“By having Harrison on a one-by-one-by-one deal, his development has come on leaps and bounds while the cost has been low.“
Harrison netted eight times and supplied eight assists in 36 league matches last term.
He did not make a senior appearance during his time with City.