I have mixed feelings.  Over the course of the season, I’ve generally considered him a disappointment – but I do recognise that I am biased.  I desperately want to see players of pace and talent in that right-midfield or right-wing position he occupies. For me, Harrison is far, far too boring.  That said, I can see that he’s played a lot of games and done a job.  So I thought it was worth a proper look into this.


Valuations of players generally depend on the financial position of buying and selling clubs, how many bidders are in for the player and the player’s quality.  I am assuming that: (a) we’ll remain cash strapped even if, as is very likely, we sell Branthwaite and Onana and someone better than Moshiri takes over; (b) Leeds need to sell; and (c) there won’t be many other interested parties.

All things being equal, therefore, his price tag could be pretty reasonable.  Perhaps around the £15M mark.  Anything lower than that would represent a pretty decent fee, I’d have said.  Anything above that starts to look expensive for a cash-strapped club such as us.

The additional context is his age.  At age 27 (28 not too deep into the new season) Harrison will not increase in value from here.  Like Doucouré (and many others) it is likely that he will leave the club for nothing after seeing out at most a 3-year deal + possible 1-year contract extension.

That’s okay perhaps if the fee is low and he contributes in that period.  But, if not, we are just robbing ourselves of a £15M (+) kitty to spend on someone better value.  For example, other players for his position (or similar) in the Championship include the following – all under age 23:

·       Rowe (Norwich)

·       Whittaker (Plymouth)

·       Gnonto (Leeds)

·       Summerville (Leeds)

·       Hutchison (Ipswich – on loan from Chelsea)

·       Philogene (Hull)

·       Clarke (Sunderland)

·       Jun-Ho Bae (Stoke)

I doubt any of these players would cost more than between £15M to £22M – possibly a bit less in some cases.  Not a lot more than the fee for Harrison.  The pool of alternatives gets even bigger and possibly better value if you look overseas (although the risk of failure probably increases too).

But if successful, all of these players might occupy the position for between 6 to 8 years (rather than 3 to 4) – or might be sold in a couple of years for considerable sums if it works out.  This either gives us long-term stability or allows us to reinvest in the squad more generally.

So what actually is his contribution?  What makes Harrison worth more than the alternatives?


In terms of games, goals and assists it looks like this.

-        Everton - Premier League 2023-24: 26 games (3 goals and 3 assists)

-        Leeds - Premier League 2022-23: 36 games (5 goals and 7 assists)

-        Leeds - Premier League 2021-22: 35 games (8 goals and 1 assist)

-        Leeds - Premier League 2020-21:36 games (8 goals and 8 assists)

-        Leeds - Championship 2019-20: 46 games (6 goals and 8 assists)

What does this tell us? 

Firstly, that he’s probably settled down as a 10-ish goal contribution player over the course of a full Premier League season.  If he plays in a kamikaze attacking set up, then he’ll contribute more goals and assists.  But in an Everton Dyche side he’s probably going to get between 8 and 10.

That’s obviously not brilliant but it’s not terrible either.  Indeed, it compares okay with players like Mudryk, Kulusevski, Mitoma and Anthony who all play for better sides and have less defensive responsibility.

It also puts him alongside players like Jacob Murphy (Newcastle), Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth), Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Wilson (both Fulham) and even exciting talents like Noni Madueke (Chelsea) and Simon Adingra (Brighton).  As a safe return even over just a 3- to 4-year period that’s a pretty good return on a low cost investment.


Beyond the statistics, we have to look at what the eye tells us.

In a positive sense, he gives us a lot of hard work. He is a very diligent right-winger or right-midfield player and puts in a real defensive shift.  In some respects, this has been invaluable given our weakness at right-back.

In a negative sense, it is often very difficult to see any material contribution from an attacking point of view.  He is very slow and lacks the technique to compensate for this.  He struggles to reach balls played ahead of him and he struggles to make space when the ball is played to feet.  These are a seriously limiting combination of weaknesses.  His limitations in such a crucial position are really hurting our ability to play on the front foot and score even more goals.  Hence my bias!

Despite the modest goal contributions and inconsistency, players like Mudryk and Mitoma and Neto are a thorn in the opposition side with pace, trickery and movement.  They force the opposition onto the back foot and make them defend.  Harrison is exactly the opposite, his lack of pace and trickery as well as his diligence draws the opposition onto us and leaves him playing more like an auxiliary full-back for much of each game.

This is exacerbated by other factors:

1.     Our now long-standing problems in the right-back position (ie, there is no-one to overlap on the outside when Harrison cuts in on his left);

2.     The lack of pace on our left flank in McNeil (even though I think McNeil is good);

3.   The lack of pace and quality in our attacking midfield player, Doucouré (even though Doucouré can, in spite of his own serious limitations, be effective).


With sadness in my heart, I think he probably is worth buying, especially if we can drive a hard bargain with cash-strapped Leeds.

However, if we do so we surely have to, as a priority, buy a right back of quality and ability and engine to get up and down the flank.  Sadly, it does not look like Patterson is going to be that guy so we have to move on.  There are plenty of fish in the sea.

It may also be worth switching McNeil into Doucouré’s position and getting a fast winger or forward on the left flank.  Someone who can run in behind and worry the opposition with their pace and attacking threat – like Richarlison used to from that position (while still putting in a decent defensive shift).  I think that was probably the intention with Danjuma but I expect he just didn't work hard enough.

If Dyche and Thelwell can get this right this summer, it may enable us to play more constructive attacking football next season and harness the (not exactly thrilling) best of Harrison without exposing his weaknesses too much.  Otherwise, we’ll just end up with a plodding attack with an auxiliary full-back at right-wing rapidly deteriorating in value.  And that would annoy me.

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Ralph Basnett
1 Posted 11/06/2024 at 16:20:52
I'll start this with a resounding No!!!!!
Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 11/06/2024 at 16:31:21
I'm a resounding Yes!
Peter Warren
3 Posted 11/06/2024 at 16:33:45
John Chambers
4 Posted 11/06/2024 at 16:39:41
A grudging Yes.

Limited player and when playing on the right he always has to get the ball on to his left foot, slowing things down, but given our circumstances I'm not sure there is a better alternative we can afford.

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 11/06/2024 at 16:52:25
I'm a yes, if the price is right.

Despite his physical limitations, he has flashed moments of great attacking skill -- the volley against Bournemouth and that outside-of-the-foot pass in the derby were magic.

But it's his defense that is critical. He works relentlessly, holds good positions, tracks runners superbly. Without Harrison, our weak right backs would look like traffic cones at Le Mans.

If Thelwell can find a better option in the loan market, great, but I doubt it.

Ray Said
6 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:16:19
I agree with the points Mike (5) makes.

His added value is away from home when we have our backs against the wall and he does the essential hard yards and covers the weakness at right back so he is useful in that way but I am pretty confident that Patterson could also do that so I would spend what money we have elsewhere.

Barry Rathbone
7 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:32:20
We have little option — we're skint.
Ajay Gopal
8 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:34:38
I like Jack Harrison, but more importantly, I think so does Dyche.

Robert, there is no way Thelwell is going to stump up £15M for Harrison.

I suspect that he has a clause in his contract that allows him to go out on loan if Leeds are not playing in the Premier League. So we will likely sign him another season long loan at relatively high wages of £105k/week.

By next season, he will be towards the end of his contract and at that time, we can sign Harrison for a lowish fee of £8-10M, if he has a good season.

As you say, Robert, if Harrison has a solid right-back behind him in the Mykolenko mold, he will be able to play with more freedom and we might see his true attacking abilities.

Jay Harris
9 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:38:02
Regarding Harrison it is his work rate that commends him but his ability in carrying the ball is poor. In the majority of cases, he will either lose possession or stifle the momentum.

If we could get Summerville or Gnonto for £15M, I would snap their hands off.

Harrison for me is a £10M max valuation.

Brian Williams
10 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:50:50
Yes, on another season-long loan.

No, at anything over £12M.

Joe McMahon
11 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:53:31
To me, he doesn't do enough.

I agree with Jay.

Ed Prytherch
12 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:14:16
We already have two left-footed wingers in McNeil and Dobbin.

Harrison is not worth £100k/week to play out of position at Everton.

James Gardner
13 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:19:27
Harrison does his best work when we don't have the ball. Under our current system, I feel most wingers would look average at best.

I would take him back for another season as we should be addressing other areas first.

Mike Gaynes
14 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:24:06
Jay #9,

Gnonto wouldn't know what his own penalty area looks like if you showed him a photo. We need players who can fit into Dyche's defensive scheme. Gnonto would make our right side look like an airport runway. No thanks.

And Summerville is a dynamic attacker with multiple suitors, so your £15M offer is dreamland. He will cost at least double that.

Ed #12, Dobbin is right-footed. Also we've seen him only as an attacking winger, never with any defensive responsibility. No idea if he can do that.

John Keating
15 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:34:57
No money to buy so, if on loan, then fair enough.
His contribution without the ball is far better than with it.

If Leeds are determined to sell rather than loan, then I think we should look elsewhere.

Brian Harrison
17 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:45:17
Well obviously Leeds didn't think he was key to getting promotion – otherwise, they wouldn't have sent him out on loan.

There is no doubt he gives 100% every game, but his main attribute is helping out defensively. I am looking for more than 3 goals from one of my front 3 players.

Robert Tressell
18 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:52:10
To respond to a few points.

Terms: Harrison's contract runs to 2028. Leeds will definitely want to sell to get his wages off the books – but may accept a loan where we continue to subsidise his wages.

Fee: I can't see it being less than £10M. Starting around £12M I would have thought.

Ajay #8, I don't think it's a defensive right-back that Harrison needs – it's a fast attacking one who will go outside him on the overlap.

There are plenty around – such as Norton-Cuffey the Arsenal youngster and England U21 player who will be looking for a Premier League loan this summer. Or a long list of players from abroad.

Barry #7, we have plenty of options even though we are skint.

This will be proven over summer by teams right across the top 5 major European leagues (including the Premier League) where right wingers / midfielders will be bought for no more than £15m and offered lower wages than Harrison.

As an example, Jonathan Rowe of Norwich (21) scored 21 in 32 games this season and would comfortably slot into Harrison's position. Since he only has one year left on his contract and Norwich failed to get promoted, he may be available for around £20M. Reiss Nelson of Arsenal (24) is unlikely to cost much more than about £15M.

And that's just a couple of more obvious English-based players.

Billy Shears
19 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:58:12

I'd rather have the Welsh lad Brooks on a season-long loan, if possible.

Tom Bowers
20 Posted 11/06/2024 at 19:01:01
Harrison is an average player in the Premier League and I am not sure he should be kept.

He had a few good games but not enough impact in many others which can be said of quite a few squad members. If Everton need to save wages, he should be one of a bunch of underachievers to be shelved.

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 11/06/2024 at 19:10:43
I think the wages, another loan fee on top of a signing-on fee would stop me from getting Jack for another year.

Although I appreciate the work he does defending. And the fact that Dyche will want him means he is more than likely to come back here.

Kieran Kinsella
22 Posted 11/06/2024 at 19:13:07

I was going to say the exact same thing, lol!

John Charles
23 Posted 11/06/2024 at 19:14:57
God no!
Bill Hawker
24 Posted 11/06/2024 at 19:29:28
Yes, if the wages are right. He was superb in our win against Liverpool from a defensive point of view. Sure I'd love to get a bit more out of him but then I'd also like a bit more out of Onana, Garner, McNeil, Gana, etc

Beggars can't be choosers.

Anthony Dove
26 Posted 11/06/2024 at 20:23:06
Mark Murphy
27 Posted 11/06/2024 at 20:26:58

He's got goals in him but has been restricted to working hard defensively. If we ever are able to shake off the shackles, I think it's entirely feasible he'll chip in with 10 goals a season.

I like him.

Robert Tressell
28 Posted 11/06/2024 at 20:31:54
Mark # 27,

Harrison didn't get 10 goals in a very attacking Leeds side in the Championship. He's never going to score 10 in the Premier League.

Will Mabon
29 Posted 11/06/2024 at 20:43:11
No, from me.

There have been some hard-working, committed performances and he doesn't shirk. As to attacking and general ability, I never once saw him look the player he looked at Leeds several seasons back.

Jason Li
30 Posted 11/06/2024 at 20:47:21
Loan 1 season only.

Right back isn't fully resolved yet, and a big if. If Branthwaite goes, then a defensive right winger like Harrison will be really useful to the team.

However, the year after, when the finances get better, a flying winger and front-foot football has to be on the menu in a stadium purpose-built to entertain that many people on a regular basis.

Not reckless football, but football with much more entertainment in the not-too-distant future after one more season of endurance.

Ian Bennett
31 Posted 11/06/2024 at 20:50:04
He's rumoured to be earning £90k a week, or near £4.5m a season till 2028.

If that's right, then you're looking at an outlay of not far off £20m plus a transfer fee of what £8-12m.

£30m plus and we will get nothing for him at the end of the contract, for 3 goals a season.

Yes, you need experienced players, and a loan signing might be fine. But signing him is pure madness.

Keep it a loan. Leeds get him off their wages, we get experience, and he doesn't take a Championship wage cut.

Ryan Holroyd
32 Posted 11/06/2024 at 21:17:56
Yes, but on loan only.
Sam Hoare
33 Posted 11/06/2024 at 21:32:41
Why buy (and spend money we won't recoup) when we can loan?

Apparently his contract has a relegation clause meaning Leeds have to loan him so let's get him again and, if we want to buy him, he'll be even cheaper next summer!

I wouldn't want to spend more than £5-8M on any player in their late 20s unless they were a real game changer.

Steve Brown
34 Posted 11/06/2024 at 21:42:54
Here are the reasons to say no:

1) His wage is £90,000 per week.
2) He cannot cross the ball on his right foot.
3) He cannot beat a full-back for pace.
4) He cannot beat a full-back with skill.
5) His goals and assists record was poor.

If the main quality that is cited about a winger is that he tracks back, then it is time to move on.

Denver Daniels
35 Posted 11/06/2024 at 21:46:15
Squad player production on First XI wages. Pass.

I get the off-the-ball work but our right side was completely impotent (not all on him) and we need to score more goals (2nd lowest in the Premier League last season). And as the right-sided attacker, he was a big part of both issues.

Colin Glassar
36 Posted 11/06/2024 at 22:27:00
No. He's a poor man's Iwobi.

He runs a lot but is totally ineffectual.

Denis Richardson
37 Posted 11/06/2024 at 22:30:24
Sorry, this is a firm No.

He tries hard but attacking wise offers little end product. We also paid him £90k pw, which was a lot for little end product.

If the club sale goes through I'd hope to sign better. If the sale doesn't we shouldn't be spending this much money on Harrison.

Derek Thomas
38 Posted 11/06/2024 at 22:35:28
Yes but, not at £90k a week... and not for 5 years either.

Extend his loan 1 year then bin.

A bit harsh? — well, it's a harsh world.

Pete Clarke
39 Posted 11/06/2024 at 23:00:55
Beggars can't be choosers but, even allowing for the poor squad we have had for years, I think he is bang average with almost zero efficiency in his main role as attacker/winger.

Certainly not worth half the wages he's getting and typically that's the only reason he would want to stay.

He tries hard and you cannot knock his effort but, even if he was a fullback, we would still be disappointed with his attacking skills.

Jay Harris
40 Posted 12/06/2024 at 00:13:56
Mike #14,

I did say if we could get him for £15M I would bite their hands off and that was based on Robert's post that there were other options around £15M.

Personally speaking, I agree with you that Summerville will fetch around £25 - 30M but as for Gnonto, do we really want all our forwards chasing back?

He is the type of player who you could leave up front and make the most of breakaways or turnovers as it is now called. He can also take a man on and beat him, something Calvert-Lewin has needed for years.

Ed Prytherch
41 Posted 11/06/2024 at 00:18:31
Mike #14, I will rephrase my comment:

We have two left-sided wingers, McNeil and Dobbin, and we don't need to pay Harrison's wages for a third one who will be played out of position.

Jimmy Salt
42 Posted 12/06/2024 at 08:02:45
He reminds me of Leon Osman. He has technical ability but lacks a little bit of strength and pace to compete in scrappy football. Leon shone when he had footballers like Pienaar around him.

I think Jack would fit well in a footballing team. That of which we are not.

Rob Dolby
43 Posted 12/06/2024 at 08:23:51
I am happy to keep him, we aren't exactly blessed with quality and the lad puts a shift in and is being played out of position. A loan deal is a simple decision.

I am not saying he is the answer. We need to buy a right mid and right back before letting him go back to Leeds.

Gary Mortimer
44 Posted 12/06/2024 at 08:53:25
A big definite "No!!" from me.

For the reasons stated by Steve #34.

I'd prefer to let Dobbin have a go and save the money for strengthening the squad elsewhere.

Mike Hayes
45 Posted 12/06/2024 at 08:55:20
Knowing Everton, they'll double his wages and give him a 5-year contract.

Probably do the same with Dele Alli!!!

Laurie Hartley
46 Posted 12/06/2024 at 09:00:03
He is an honest player but I can't get enthusiastic about him.

The team is crying out for pace. That in my opinion is the priority so I think those wages and any spending money we have should be spent on a right winger with pace and strength.

Craig Walker
47 Posted 12/06/2024 at 09:06:24
It's a no from me. I think there must be better options out there. His workrate is impressive but he has no end product. How many wingers have we had like that down the years?
Dave Cashen
48 Posted 12/06/2024 at 09:26:19
I don't think the average fan is looking for the same thing as the manager or the coaching staff.

Fans want to see professional footballer's do things with the ball they cant do themselves. They don't just want to win, they want to be entertained too.

I think it is a bit simplistic to dismiss him as a winger who merely tracks back. He is very tactically aware. He doesn't just know his own job. he gets the role of others around him.

We cant afford players who are great with the ball. We are (and will be next season) still in survival mode. Unfortunately the focus will once again be on those who are very good when we don't have it.
Dyche and his staff will be delighted with the efforts of Harrison. If they cant get him on favorable terms he WILL be back next season.

Robert Tressell
49 Posted 12/06/2024 at 10:14:10
Dave you are right about the tactical side in addition to the workrate. Personality too, I expect.

But it is not correct that we cannot afford (fee and wages) players of real ability. This is proved year in year out by the transfer activity of clubs in the major 5 European leagues. It will be proved again this summer.

Brian Harrison
50 Posted 12/06/2024 at 10:39:34
Dave while you make some very valid points my worry and has been for a couple of seasons if Harrison scores the same amount of goals as last year and McNeil the same who is going to score the goals.
Peter Mills
51 Posted 12/06/2024 at 11:02:39
I'd like to see Jack come back on loan for another season, if possible.

His positives in terms of work rate, covering, awareness, ball control, outweigh his weaknesses. While there may be players with more ability available, they may not have the same attitude or personality, and I suspect Sean Dyche will be wanting players he knows he can rely on next season.

Trevor Powell
52 Posted 12/06/2024 at 11:13:38
We are losing players all the time either to balance the books or ends of contracts and seem to have got rid of most of the dead wood.

Jack Harrison is no world-beater but boy is he committed to the cause. On the derby Tunnel Access video, watch how he is congratulated by Seamus at the final whistle.

We need committed players who are like Richarlison and Gordon. He knows the club, get him either on loan or any way unless there is someone tons better going for a song!

James Marshall
53 Posted 12/06/2024 at 11:24:31
The answer to the Jack Harrison question will always be simple, and the same.

Answer: Maybe, or sometimes.


Jim Bennings
54 Posted 12/06/2024 at 11:43:14
It's gonna be on loan anyway now that Leeds stayed down isn't it?

If so then I'd take him back on loan all day long but I don't think we can or will pay lots for him.

We aren't exactly blessed in that area, Danjuma was a massive flop and it makes you think, would Gnonto have been the same but a miles more expensive flop, I just couldn't see him working under Dyche.

McNeil works really hard, great left foot when he does catch it well but his lack of pace is the let down.

Dobbin doesn't look ready and from a few different angles I've heard from people who know more than I do, they don't think he'll be a regular yet at this level anyway.

So unless there's better than Harrison available on cheap or loan then I'm thinking we will go after this.

Raymond Fox
55 Posted 12/06/2024 at 11:47:29
It's a no-brainer for me – yes.

I think some of you are being over-critical.

Kevin Jones
56 Posted 12/06/2024 at 12:20:58
I'm getting the word "No".
Mal van Schaick
57 Posted 12/06/2024 at 13:08:48
Can't fault Harrison's effort, and even though I disagree with playing a left-footed player on the right wing.

I would keep him and encourage him to him cross and shoot more when he does play. If we could buy a decent outright right-footed right-winger, I would choose that option, and not loan him.

Niall McIlhone
58 Posted 12/06/2024 at 13:22:35
Robert, you mentioned Philogene (Hull City) as a possible alternative to Harrison, which I think is a very good shout. He is the sort of player who has pace and skill, and he can create goals for himself. I suspect, however, he might be snapped up by a club with loftier ambitions.

If Harrison isn't signed, I do hope Evertonians will remember him as a player who put a shift in for us, and who was able to buy into the manager's game plan.

I also agree with your comments regarding the option of bringing McNeil into the Doucoure position, which might allow for more threat from the left wing if we can bring in someone with pace and crossing ability. I think McNeil offers much more of a threat in the No 10 position, not only in terms of his ability on the ball, but his accuracy of shooting from outside the box.

Danny O’Neill
59 Posted 12/06/2024 at 13:26:26
Dave Cashen is pretty much on the money.

A bit like the ownership saga, we can't dictate who will or won't be playing for Everton next season.

Personally, I think Harrison has done well for the team. His work rate off the ball and attitude can't be denied.

I'll just wait and see who owns Everton and who walks on the pitch come August.

It's pointless me venting, as I can't influence. The last time I did that, we appointed Benitiez!!

Clive Rogers
60 Posted 12/06/2024 at 13:47:48
He's looked good at times, but for long periods in games has been anonymous and lacked end product.

So it's a No from me.

Frank Crewe
61 Posted 12/06/2024 at 13:49:05
A good solid player. Experienced, good work rate and a realistic salary.

If we can work another loan deal, I would sign him right now.

Brian Harrison
62 Posted 12/06/2024 at 13:55:37
I think everybody has argued their points well, whether that's for or against Harrison coming back.

I think we lack pace as a team both in attack and midfield. Also, we aren't blessed with many goals from midfield; Gueye scored the most with 4. I don't think Garner scored any and Onana didn't weigh in with many.

Many of our goals came from set-pieces and it will be hard to replicate that this season. We are yet to hear whether Calvert-Lewin will sign a new contract, and Godfrey is now in the last year of his contract.

I really don't understand why we let players run down their contracts, which allows them to get the best deal for themselves and the club gets nothing. We have done that with Gomes, Mina, Godfrey and I'm not sure how long is left on Calvert-Lewin's contract. Surely it makes sense to sell them before letting them get into the last year of their contracts.

Jon Harding
63 Posted 12/06/2024 at 14:42:53
Let him take that ridiculously bloated contract back to Leeds and he can bankrupt them, not us.

A far as I'm concerned, he can go and run around a lot and be a good lad off the pitch for someone else.

We never look in more danger than when he has the ball and gets robbed, which happens a lot.

The only thing I like about him is that razor-sharp parting.
And if Colin G calls him "a poor man's Iwobi", well, that's about as condemning as you can get.

Brian Acheson
64 Posted 12/06/2024 at 15:48:29
No thanks. He works hard off the ball, it's true and I thought he had his best game for us in the Goodison derby.

However, I can't remember an Everton player who gave the ball away so often, which leaves us open to being counter-attacked.

He also has deceptive pace, being slower than he looks. There must be better options.

Frank Crewe
65 Posted 12/06/2024 at 16:04:15
People going on about "better options". Not for free there isn't. Because that's what we are looking at. Freebies and loaners because we don't have any money. Not to mention Dyche likes hard working players who put a shift in. So Harrison is right up his street. I personally think the side that starts the coming season won't be massively different from the side that finished the last one. We just need more squad depth. We have the room on the wage budget but we don't have a lot of ready cash, if any at all for Transfer fees. So the less we need to spend the better.
Ryan Holroyd
66 Posted 12/06/2024 at 16:08:57
How are Everton paying for these ‘better’ options
Richard Duff
67 Posted 12/06/2024 at 16:30:12
Pace like Bernard - furiously pumping legs travelling at an average PL athletes walking pace. We see Jack take the ball and move away from his marker only for his marker to amble back and immediately take it off Jacks toe while nonchalantly nudging him to the ground.

I really like Jack but his hard work should not be needed if we have a decent full back (we don't).

His lack of end result is a wasted slot. We are still the 12th best team in England and must find younger, quicker, hungrier and more productive players.

So, NO (but thanks for everything).

Robert Tressell
68 Posted 12/06/2024 at 16:50:58
Frank, if you want a familiar player from the Premier League then you're right we can't afford much better than Harrison.

However as per an earlier comment - clubs in the top 5 major European league will all buy players of talent and good physical attributes this summer who are within our budget. Harrison is a safe buy (or loan) but we absolutely can afford players with more ability.

Danny O’Neill
69 Posted 12/06/2024 at 17:04:19
I think we need the fixture list to be released.

And then focus on the pre-seasons.

I can't be doing with debating who will or will not be playing for Everton next season. What will be will be.

All that matters are those players who take to the pitch.

I have just been sent a clip regarding the 86-87 season. Decimated by injuries to key players and recruiting Paul Power that raised an eyebrow or two.

Despite the greatness of the 84-85 team, arguably Kendall's greatest achievement against the odds? Often overlooked.

I attended every single home game that season and quite a few away matches, including Norwich when we clinched the title. A long but enjoyable journey home. We didn't get back to Speke until the early hours, but smiles on our faces. Champions of England.


Whoever plays for Everton next season, they get my support.

Mike Gaynes
70 Posted 12/06/2024 at 17:18:42
"...we absolutely can afford players with more ability."

Robert #68, you've expressed that thought several times in this thread.

I love your certainty.

I do not share it.

Robert Tressell
71 Posted 12/06/2024 at 17:36:40
Mike # 70. At the end of summer remind me to compile a list of wingers / wide midfielders who move clubs this summer and cost no more than Harrison.

I am sure the likes of Seville, Rennes, Bologna and Hoffenheim would be very confident of finding more ability than Harrison offers for the sum of, say, £12m to £15m (and lower wages to boot).

Frank Crewe
72 Posted 12/06/2024 at 18:06:58
@Robert 68.
What budget? I don't know what our budget is so I wonder how you do. We don't even know who the clubs owners will be so how can we have a transfer budget until that is sorted out?
Robert Tressell
73 Posted 12/06/2024 at 18:25:36
Frank # 72 It's on the basis that if we can afford Harrison for say £12m or so (and wages) then it seems logical that we can afford someone else for £12m or so (and same / similar wages).

Clearly there is plenty of uncertainty but if we have a zero transfer kitty then we can't buy or loan Harrison either...

Christine Foster
74 Posted 12/06/2024 at 18:50:29
Probably the only people who care is Harrison himself, or Leeds United, they need the money.

He has his attributes, but not what we need in a winger who can have a nice touch, works hard but cannot deliver a cross when needed.

The sort of player a centre-forward makes half-hearted runs when they get the ball because he knows it's a waste of time expecting a cross.

File under not good enough.

Jay Harris
75 Posted 12/06/2024 at 19:03:52
What we are all failing to take into account is loanees and free transfers do not come for nothing.

There will usually be sizeable loan fees or signing-on fees and then considerably higher wages than if we sought out young up-and-coming players instead.

Derek Knox
76 Posted 12/06/2024 at 19:14:59
As I have said many times, works well but produces very little!

I think, as many have suggested, there must be out-of-contract players more suited to a left-midfield or left-wing role at a fraction of his projected cost, whether on loan or not.

Billy Shears
77 Posted 12/06/2024 at 19:18:25
I am sure Harrison played his best football for Leeds when playing more centrally!?

The right sider we truly need is the lad Dolan from Blackburn... quick, tricky player who takes players on and chips in with a few goals too and could provide a decent out-ball player for us when under the cosh. He's a lot younger as well!

Don Harris
78 Posted 12/06/2024 at 20:21:21
To add to Steve @34, he seems to be shoved off too easily in 50/50 challenges due to poor upper body strength and speed of positioning.

+£95,000 a week (!!!) = defo No!

Denver Daniels
79 Posted 12/06/2024 at 20:26:51
This team needs goals. 40 in 38 games last season.
Mike Gaynes
80 Posted 13/06/2024 at 01:55:25
Robert #71,

With all due respect, I'd rather see a list 1 year from today of wingers who moved for less than Harrison and actually had an impact.

I can recall multiple nominations from multiple posters this time last year concerning strikers we should sign. Broja, for example, was prominent among them. We missed out on his two goals last season.

And I remember the vivid agony expressed here 2 years ago, when we didn't sign Bellotti on a free. Still only 28 then, 100 Serie A goals, etc, etc, etc. He signed with Roma and has scored five goals in 60 league games since then.

Very often the players we miss out on... aren't really misses after all.

Ed Prytherch
81 Posted 13/06/2024 at 03:54:29

What about a list of wingers who are paid £90k per week and had only 3 assists last season?

Ed Prytherch
82 Posted 13/06/2024 at 04:10:27
Alfie Doughty at Luton, £7.5k per week, 9 assists. And he is a player who gets stuck in.

He would be a big improvement on Harrison.

Mike Gaynes
83 Posted 13/06/2024 at 07:38:45
Ed, excellent player but he's a left wing midfielder. We've got somebody pretty good there already.

Slide Dwight into the middle and Doughty would be a fine addition. Not sure why you'd want to try him on the right though.

Nicholas Ryan
84 Posted 13/06/2024 at 13:39:30
Harrison... hmm...

As the Gallagher Brothers would say: 'Definitely Maybe'!

Mick O'Malley
85 Posted 13/06/2024 at 15:02:03
He works hard" — so what? Isn't that the minimum expected of every player?

I wouldn't have him back, he doesn't have enough pace to go past the full-back, his crossing has been hit and miss, and he hasn't chipped in with many goals.

I know he's spent most of his time standing on the full-back's toes defending and staying in shape but, when we do break forward, he can't be relied upon to not cough up possession or to whip in a decent cross.

Surely we can do better for the wage involved?

Robert Tressell
86 Posted 13/06/2024 at 16:15:32
Mike #80,

Well, splitting hairs a bit here but I am talking about talent rather than actual output with the benefit of hindsight.

But here's a few who could occupy the right-wing position and were on loan last season:

Guedes – 31 games, 9 goals and6 assists
Greenwood – 33 games, 8 goals and 6 assists
Dinkci – 33 games, 10 goals and 5 assists
Tillman – 28 games, 9 goals and 11 assists

All good output along with considerably more talent than Harrison. None of these deals were out of reach financially, albeit a variety of reasons why some may not have happened.

Tillman in particular was nailed on after an impressive loan at Glasgow Rangers the previous season. I am sure you know him well as a US international.

Frank Sheppard
87 Posted 14/06/2024 at 08:30:02
Jay Evans
88 Posted 14/06/2024 at 14:32:35
Anthony Dwyer
89 Posted 15/06/2024 at 01:02:31
Not his biggest fan but on loan is a no-brainer with our squad.

Full wages?? Gotta be worth it now Alli and Gomes are off the wage bill.

Soren Moyer
90 Posted 15/06/2024 at 22:22:24
No. There are better and cheaper (lower wages) out there.

Our scouting team, if we've got any, should look harder!

Andrew James
91 Posted 16/06/2024 at 01:32:53
In the Autumn, he looked impressive… but his form went off a cliff during that losing run.

I see potential there. Everybody seems to fixate on signings and finances like it is their own money but I say he's used to the club, Dyche and his teammates, so it is a low-risk acquisition.

Unless Leeds or he gets greedy, it seems like a reasonable move.

Bill Watson
92 Posted 18/06/2024 at 00:16:29
Brian # 64

". slower than he looks".

Love it and absolutely spot on.

Karl Meighan
93 Posted 18/06/2024 at 09:51:38
I imagine whoever plays behind him would want to keep him. His final ball is shite, but you know exactly what your getting with him. Others are more of a risk, they could hit the ground running be a absolute steal or be as bad as someone like Cornet at West Ham.

At the moment he helps add stability but he's never gonna hit the heights other widemen are capable of.

Players like Hudson Odoi for instance had a good season at Forest and may have been available. Harrison may not have there skill level but I suspect he's a much better team player.

Si Cooper
94 Posted 18/06/2024 at 14:11:09
He certainly didn’t produce anything like as much as I thought he was capable of last season.
What matters is whether my expectations were just way too high - essentially because I’d only really seen his highlights - or if he hadn’t recreated his best form due to playing in a less natural position for him / being still on the road to full recovery after his injury.
Could we move McNeill in field and play Harrison on the left?
Will he be much sharper after a proper pre-season?
I haven’t seen any real answers to those questions so, as usual, I’m wholly reliant on manager and Director of Football knowing better and acting on it.
Andrew James
95 Posted 18/06/2024 at 17:45:35

I suspect it was all of the things you say. Given he was part of the Bielsa team and then comes to us playing in a different position and style.

I still think there is potential in him especially if Pep and Bielsa have seen something in him.

Steve Brown
96 Posted 19/06/2024 at 15:56:25
Looks like he is rejoining on loan.

We can all look forward to some top quality tracking back.

Andy Kay
97 Posted 23/06/2024 at 01:04:33
Both Harrison and McNeil are better suited to being more central as they both lack pace but have good work rates. Probably cant play both in the same team. Nowhere near as good in quality as a someone like a Steven or a Sheedy, but when they both were used centrally in the late 80s they fitted so well it was where they ended their playing days at other clubs. Maybe Its what we've been missing in the middle since Gylfi.
Sean Bennett
98 Posted 23/06/2024 at 09:52:32
Definitely, yes. I would like to see Patterson, once fit, given a chance at RB who likes to attack. He and Harrison could successfully have a good partnership like McNeil & Mykolenko do on left as I believe there is going to be a obligation to buy summer 2025.

In Harrison's defence last season he came in late with a minor back injury. I think he will improve as he will complete a full pre-season at Everton

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