Scout Report – Jack Harrison
Leicester City are understood to be keen on bringing New York City FC wonder kid Jack Harrison to the King Power Stadium in January. The player has earned rave reviews for his performances at the American club and also managed to break into England’s U21 team recently. The youngster has begun to fulfil his potential and has emerged as one of England’s brightest young stars in the MLS, having bagged 10 goals so far this season.
The player is valued at an estimated sum of £6million – which is quite a decent amount for a player of Harrison’s calibre. Let’s take a closer look at the youngster’s profile.
Born in 1996 in Stone-on-Trent, England, Harrison was initially a part of Liverpool’s youth set-up at the tender age of 7. He spent some time there but eventually chose to join Manchester United’s academy and spent 7 years in the institution. However, he then moved to the United States and played for his college team. Harrison was also a part of New York City’s affiliate Manhattan Soccer Club and they wasted no time in signing the promising midfielder.
As soon as he joined the club though, he had to recover from an injury which saw him on the sidelines for 3 months. He made his debut in May last year and there has been no stopping him since then.
As far as his international career goes, Harrison played for the U21 squad recently in October. Injuries to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Sheyi Ojo saw him make his debut against Scotland, coming on for Tammy Abraham in the 88th minute.
A typically attack-oriented midfielder, Harrison is extremely strong at dribbling. In fact, that is one of the brightest skills he possesses and is also quite adept at delivering crosses. He often adds a fresh sense of dynamism to his performances, which is quite interesting to see in a player who is so young. Harrison is weak at passing and holding onto the ball but these skills can be sharpened as time goes on.
Claude Puel will be keen on bringing the talented youngster to his team and there is no reason as to why he should not. Harrison is a bright and skilled midfielder, who can add so much value to Leicester. In fact, he plays in a style that is very similar to Riyad Mahrez. In case the Algerian leaves the club, Harrison could prove to be a viable deputy. Even if Mahrez stays on, Harrison can act as an alternative, which will provide Puel with some flexibility when it comes to squad rotation.