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Jack Harrison says he is excited to be on the other side of the intimidating Goodison Park atmosphere now that he is an Everton player following his season-long loan switch from Leeds United.

The 26-year-old was formally unveiled on the club's media channels today after the recruitment team mobilised to get the deal over the line on Sunday in the face of competition from Aston Villa.

Everton had made Harrison a top transfer target at the end of last season following Leeds's relegation from the Premier League but had to bide their time while the player assessed his options over the summer.

The Blues activated a clause in his contract at Elland Road that allows them to take him on loan for the season and make the move permanent should they wish to during the course of the campaign.

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Villa, meanwhile, were said to be seeking a signing who could play immediately and may have cooled their interest based on the hip injury Harrison has been carrying that looks likely to sideline him until after next month's international break. He is already back on the grass doing running drills at Finch Farm and sources closer to Yorkshire suggest that Harrison had already been convinced by what the Blues were offering him regardless of the interest from the Midlands.

“It’s a pleasure to get the deal over the line. I’m really excited to be here,” Harrison told evertontv. “The general feeling from the club has been super positive so I’m just hoping to get back fit soon and be back out on the pitch.

“It’s a massive club. I remember coming to Goodison Park and I always hated coming here because of the fans and the atmosphere that the people bring so I’m excited to be on the other side of that and a part of it, and to hopefully bring something they can cheer about as well.

“Everton expressed their interest right from the beginning and that was definitely valuable. You always want to be around good people and that’s the impression I got here straight away.

“From the beginning, the manager expressed how much he wanted me. It was a difficult period last season but, after speaking with people, the club is in a really positive position and heading in the right direction.

“I know the first game [against Fulham] was unfortunate but there was a lot of good things that came out of that game and I’m hoping to contribute to that.

“Speaking with everyone here, experiencing what it’s like at the club and the [training] facility really emphasised that so I’m super excited and just ready to get going.”


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Steve Shave
4 Posted 16/08/2023 at 18:54:20
Comes across well and I wish him well.

Personally, I hope he is a huge success and we sign him on a permanent deal for a reasonable fee at the end. Here's hoping the shit-house club Leeds don't bounce back up.

Peter Moore
7 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:19:13
Good age, something to prove (after relegation last season), just a shame he is crocked.
May he recover and be match fit and ready to contribute ASAP.

We certainly don't want to miss the opportunity to get as many points on the board as possible as soon as possible

We can't get those 3 wasted points back. That really was criminally poor finishing by Maupay particularly, but not just him.

Some games just seem cursed to fail despite best endeavours and having the majority of chances.

In our case though, as we know, it is trying to fight a sword fight with a blunted and under sized blade that is costing us dear.

Welcome aboard Jack Harrison. A very welcome addition. I wish you fellow attackers that know how to find the Onion Bag with regularity, as soon as possible.

Oliver Molloy
8 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:25:48
As one expect, saying all the positive stuff - only for Villa pulling the plug is he here - and he's hoping to be back fit !

Could be a decent addition, certainly a Dyche type player in terms of working hard.

It is what it is, and we are lucky anyone wants to sign for us.

Clock ticking and still no striker !

Dale Self
9 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:26:15
This was a fantastic well-timed piece of business, especially considering the Gnonto dealings. I think we lucked out on circumstances since this is a player who would get a look from teams in the top half looking to up the squad for Europe.

At this age and with where he has played we may get the chance to give him a few good years and us a few good moves in transfers. We are only contracted for the get by scenario and that will be solved early enough for us to perhaps work our inside track and sign him permanently. First things first, yeah but this looks like Thelwell is seeing things properly and just needs to not make a bad buy.

Paul Kossoff
11 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:29:10
Utter madness from us again in getting a player in on £70 grand a week who can't play as he's injured. Possibly out until October after the international break. With McNeil out for God knows what and Gray possibly leaving, and our squad already paper thin, we need players ready to play, not treatment table fodder and 19-year-old raw talent. This is Everton.

Dale 9, how is this a good buy? He's out for possibly a month, oh and he was off to Aston Villa, not us. They had booked a medical and, when they knew of the injury, rightly so pulled out of the deal as they wanted a player who could play. We more than Villa need ready-to-go signings. This signing doesn't make sense.

Paul Kossoff
12 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:35:21
Dale 9, how is this a good buy? He's out for possibly a month, oh and he was off to Aston Villa, not us. They had booked a medical and when they knew of the injury rightly so pulled out of the deal as they wanted a player who could play. We more than Villa need ready to go signings. The signing dosn't make sense.
Ray Roche
13 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:55:26
Paul, you say “and he was off to Aston Villa”.

Mate, you haven't got a firkin clue what was happening then, like loads of other posters you sucked in the shite from ‘NewsNow' and accepted it as fact.

No one on TW has a clue what really goes on but, hey, let's not allow the truth to get in the way of a good story.

I'm not having a go at you personally Paul, but why does every bugger jump to conclusions and believe every bit of clickbait that some gormless twat in a Stockport bed sit post's online?

Sometimes I despair.🤦🏼‍♂️

Brian Williams
14 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:56:20
A lot of your info is wrong there Paul. And it's a long season – not a month-long season.

Beat me to it, Ray.

Lyndon Lloyd
Editorial Team
15 Posted 16/08/2023 at 19:58:02
First, a note on the moderation/removal of certain posts

Second, Paul K (11), Harrison is expected to be ready by mid-September and I'd rather we signed a player who can contribute significantly (as I believe he will) for the majority of the season than let the opportunity go by to sign him. Particularly if we have the chance to make his move permanent and benefit from him for a few years to come.

I think this is a very good signing. He's free for now and instantly improves the first team. No-brainer...

Stan Grace
16 Posted 16/08/2023 at 20:15:08
And there's Ray having a go at Stockport again.
Roger Helm
17 Posted 16/08/2023 at 20:18:17
Let’s face it, this is the type of signing we are restricted to these days. Let’s hope he gets over his injury and makes a good contribution for the rest of the season.
Mike Corcoran
18 Posted 16/08/2023 at 20:21:15
Was thinking earlier in the summer that we should go for him over Gnonto as he’s proven, hard grafting and forward thinking with assist and goals. Just need Beto or Lukaku to come and bang the chances in. Please can we have a proper, ready to go centre forward now.
Will Mabon
19 Posted 16/08/2023 at 20:22:38
He might've signed for either,
Sunday, he'll play for neither.
Denis Richardson
20 Posted 16/08/2023 at 20:29:10
He's a decent player and, when fit, walks into the team. Gives us some aggression, pace and attacking threat so all positive – and needed!

Slight downer he's injured but should play in a month or so. It's a very long season so assuming he stays fit, once fit, he'll be a much-needed bonus.

Leave the £20M transfer fee very much on ice. Hopefully we can and will use it on someone younger in 12 months time (if we have it). Like Young, a very much needed stop-gap to (hopefully) stabilise this season.

Si Cooper
21 Posted 16/08/2023 at 20:58:00
Not sure you can turn this signing into a negative negative except by automatically assuming the worst.

I can't see the future so I am choosing to believe the lad will bring his A-game and be a valuable addition for us.

Nick Page
22 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:02:07
He's not even fit. Hahahahaha!

For fuck's sake, this is the most Everton thing ever!!! Fuck off, Kenwright and all the other balloons working at Everton Football Club. We've had enough of you disgusting shithouses stealing a wage from fans' pockets. Fuck off.

Ian Jones
23 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:03:34
Will, appreciate your point re Sunday. However, when he's fit, he'll be playing for us.
Ray Roche
24 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:07:36
Stan @16

Stan, I wasn't even aware that I'd given Stockport grief in the past. Mind you, I was knocked back by a bird from Stockport in 1969 so maybe I subconsciously loathe the place. These things run deep you know… 😳

Christine Foster
25 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:07:42
Ray, I suspect the resident of said bedsit in Stockport has far more access to irrelevant bullshit than this lonely supporter in a backwater of a country as far away from Goodison Park as you can get!

Starvation of fact means any and every reference to anything blue is trawled for daily. This means of course that reality is a concept forgotten as I cuddle my Everton shop precious care bear each night hoping the following day that I awake to news of a signing, a departure, a relief to the 20 years of mismanagement.

But no, like you, I discover daily that the same gormless individual in a Stockpot bedsit has once again ruined my sleep, and left me even lonlier if such a thing is possible.

There are millions of us on this blue planet, in pockets unheard of, as remote as Hawera, New Zealand, who thank God every day for ToffeeWeb despite the distance and relativity in time and space.

(I am of course in the future being 11 hours ahead of you and of course a different sodding planet where the ball they play with is oval and the favourite colour is black.)

So Ray, I envy you having the luxury of said gormless plonkers in Stockport, you could always pack them off and send them to the still-used penal colony not far from here called Australia – I am sure they still take them.

Dear Lonely in Stockport... please find attached your new Australian passport and keys to your new home in Warralotofspace... We hope you enjoy your exile, whoops, typo, we hope you enjoy your holiday.

ps: The crocs are okay as long as you try not to talk to them, they have a low tolerance to Koppites and Stockport.

Nick Page
26 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:12:14

Hard to see how we've been reduced to loaning injured strikers from relegated teams looking at that list. So if true how are we up against the FFP beak? And do these clowns running the show understand we wrote off our most expensive signing due to some botched police investigation? Although that's arguably as much Kenwright & Co's fault.

Desperation has never smelt so bad.

Sam Bowen
27 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:12:46
He’s likely going to miss 3 league games people. Bloody good signing I think.
Ray Roche
28 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:14:27
Christine, you…er….say that you’re talking to me from the future….now, about Saturday’s Lottery numbers….😁😘
Robert Leigh
29 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:15:07
Excited for Harrison, good signing.

Should we be worried Onana is in London?!?

Brendan Fox
30 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:15:26
Welcome Jack, hopefully you will be able to add a good attacking option once over the current injury.

A complete no-brainer signing, apart from wages, no outlay with an option to buy. On his form for Leeds the past few seasons, he could well be a very useful outlet for goals and assists for the remainder of the season.

Christine Foster
31 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:20:56
Back to the footie, I think like McNeil, Harrison is a solid, good player, few frills and a lot of commitment.

It is in the blueprint of survival drawn up by Dyche and Thewell and I suspect flair players who cannot run like the Duracell bunny, are firmly in our past. Luxury items of skill are secondary to endeavour in a world where the cost of such players is now beyond all except a handful of clubs.

So welcome, Mr Harrison, may you enjoy your time here, we will praise the skills you have with relish. Skill and endeavour combined is our mantra. I think he fits the bill.

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:21:02
Ray 24) I beat you to it, I got knocked back by a girl in Stockport in 1958, never held it against Stockport though, and the river Mersey ends at Stockport so it’s a little bit Scouserish!
Dave Abrahams
33 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:23:05
Robert (29) No!
Christine Foster
34 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:28:59
Ray, dammit, I have been trying to work that out for years..something to do with a bloke called Einstein who had these theories about relativity, isn't everything relative? All I need is a super fast plane...
Ray Roche
35 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:36:06
Dave, if that’s the case you could say that the M60 is a bit scouserish but it’s still the best thing to come out of Stockport!
Brian Williams
36 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:37:42
Can you catch Tourettes off a website? 🤔
Brent Stephens
37 Posted 16/08/2023 at 21:52:21
Brian #36 brilliant! I think you're in the clear, given your lack of swearing.
Paul Kernot
38 Posted 16/08/2023 at 22:27:50
Christine. I now reside in the slightly less remote, sunny Nelson but still, I'm right there with you re scouring every scrap of regurgetated drivel every morning for news of a striker of repute having actually joined our beloved blues. It rarely happens but I'm just about at the point of ignoring all things Gnonto.
Christine Foster
39 Posted 16/08/2023 at 23:11:26

I quite miss sunny Nelson – I was there before coming up north, watched a couple of games at the soccer club too (nice little club). It seems like a metropolis compared to Hawera!

A few years back, when I was in Brisbane, I managed to organise a family outing to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to watch the mighty Blues. Wait for it… that was 13 years ago!!!

We won 2-1 with goals by Rodwell and Gueye. Their manager was Ang Postecoglou… I wonder where he ended up??

Just had a look at the team on the night.

Everton FC:

1. Ian Turner (gk),
3. Leighton Baines,
15. Sylvain Distin,
6. Phil Jagielka,
7. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (70' 19. Magaye Gueye),
8. Louis Saha (75' 14. James Vaughan),
18, Phil Neville (c),
21. Leon Osman,
26. Jack Rodwell (60' 28. Victor Anichebe),
23. Seamus Coleman,
16. Jermaine Beckford (75' 9. Jose Baxter)

Unused Substitutes:

2. Tony Hibbert,
11. Joao Pereira Da Silva,
22. Lukas Jutkiewicz,
25. Shkodran Mustafi

Crowd: 19,786

Brian Wilkinson
40 Posted 16/08/2023 at 23:12:51
Good signing for me, puts a shift in and always impressed me, the games I watched Leeds play on Sky.

So he is out for a few weeks, do we wait until January to sign him instead? I would rather have him at the club now, than have to wait just over 4 Months for the next window to open, even then not guaranteed we would get him.

A very shrewd signing; I like it.

Stan Grace
41 Posted 16/08/2023 at 23:43:40
Sorry Ray. I was making light of the idea that you we're despairing of people believing made up stories, by suggesting I'd believed your invented comment about a bedsit in Stockport and that it had offended me.

BTW why did that Stockport woman give you the elbow? Was she a Kopite?

Paul Kossoff
43 Posted 16/08/2023 at 23:51:26
Ray 13.

Virtually everyone including the BBC had him going to Villa, so I was right to question if he wasn't injured, would he have signed for us.

Also, I think he's a good player and hopefully when fit does great. I just wonder, on our squad being so thin, why get a player in who may be out for a while?

Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 17/08/2023 at 00:16:06
Ray #13, well in on your post, but I gotta say it's absolutely hilarious that your offhand Stockport reference is drawing more comment than your cogent observations about the Harrison deal.

Dave #33, will you accept a wager? I'm coming over in late September. I'll bet you that by the time we meet for a Guinness at the Winslow, Midland, Harlech or wherever before the Luton game, Onana's performances in the intervening six games will have convinced you of his value.

If you still feel the same, I buy our suds for the night. If you've changed, it's on you. (And your odds are great, because as you know my limit on Guinness is one.)


Jay Harris
45 Posted 17/08/2023 at 00:19:48
I'm not one for stats but I was intrigued to find Harrison has better stats than Richarlison and Iwobi over the last 3 seasons in terms of goals and assists.

I am delighted we finally got a player in that knows where the net is and is always on the front foot.

Okay, he is out injured at the moment but, if he wasn't, maybe we wouldn't have got him.

Mark Taylor
46 Posted 17/08/2023 at 00:20:07
Harrison is not the sort of signing which would get any top-half team excited but let's face it, we are bottom-feeders nowadays and, in that context, we could do worse.

£70k per week, if true, sounds a bit rich but if it's only a loan, it's not too bad.

We seem to be adding wingers, especially left-wingers, when we already have a decent one in McNeil who seems likely to be back in action before Harrison. Maybe Dyche sees him on the right-wing or elsewhere. Hope he's not this season's Vinagre.

Like everyone else, I'm waiting for a proper striker because it's as clear as day we can't rely on the biscuit of a current striker. If he starts 10 games this season, I'd be astonished.

Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 17/08/2023 at 01:03:15
Mike (44),

It will be a pleasure to see you no matter how Onana plays but it will be better if he is playing well.

He's got about five or six games to start improving. See you in September, keep well ‘til then.

Dave Abrahams
48 Posted 17/08/2023 at 01:39:06
Ray (35),

Fair enough… and you've had the last laugh!

Mike Gaynes
49 Posted 17/08/2023 at 01:46:56
Brian #36,

That caused me to absolutely explode in laughter. At least three TW denizens immediately jumped to mind as candidates for emergency Tourette's outreach.

Dave #47,

I have a hug ready for you. Our dash for the train is still one of my fondest memories. In my retelling of the tale you are now an Olympic sprinter.

Kieran Kinsella
50 Posted 17/08/2023 at 04:24:23
Mark Taylor

I'd say top half is a stretch. Maybe top 5? Honestly, I'm surprised at varying levels of negativity about Harrison from ToffeeWeb's most level-headed poster Colin Glassar, the rational malcontent Nick Page, and one of our super scouts, Sam Hoare, with Robert Tressell being the other.

Generally, despite their diverging views, I tend to agree with most posts by all three. But on Harrison, yes it's far from ideal after a losing start we bring in a guy who's going to miss the next few games. But since he was playing for New York Ciity, I've been a fan of Harrison for his dynamism and the stats suggest he's better than Iwobi, McNeil, Gray or Danjuma.

I'm actually excited about his signing. He's a guy I wish we'd had for the last two or three years. I may be completely wrong and a naive old fool but I seriously think he can be a really impactful signing for us. I haven't been this excited about a new signing since … we signed Moise Kean. Okay, no one is perfect, right?

Danny O’Neill
51 Posted 17/08/2023 at 06:31:36
He's an Everton player now. Well, at least for this season.

I don't know of many players who play every game these days. For us recently, possibly Tarkowski and Pickford come closest.

Okay, he's injured right now, but he's training and will be ready next month. As mentioned, it's a season of 38 games, not the next 3.

To recap on what my very good Leeds supporting friend told me on the news of this: Great signing, better than Gray, scores some great goals and weighs in with assists and likes to take players on.

His words not mine. I can't comment as I've not really taken much notice of him.

Now he's an Everton player, let's judge him as an Everton player.

Lyndon Lloyd
52 Posted 17/08/2023 at 06:42:28
Paul (43), if you listen to the journalist Phil Hay who has his ear to the ground in Yorkshire, Harrison signing for us was as much about him feeling wanted by Everton and wanting to be loyal to the work Kevin Thelwell and Co had put in over the summer trying to entice him to Goodison than it was about Villa and the injury.

As has already been said, Villa will have known about his injury for a while; it won't have been a surprise to them. Was it a factor? Perhaps, but despite all our problems, Everton FC is still a draw for players.

Ian Bennett
53 Posted 17/08/2023 at 07:16:30
I'd hope it still is a draw. A player that backs himself, works hard and delivers will be treated like a god at our place from a crowd starved on some absolute dregs.

Players like Donovan, Richarlison, Cahill were players that wouldn't have received the same affection elsewhere. We pay top money, and whilst the pundits and London press will have us as a place not to go, for those that will – they have a fabulous opportunity.

Colin Glassar
54 Posted 17/08/2023 at 07:45:24
Former DoF Walsh had an obsession with No 10’s. Thewell seems to be obsessed with wingers. We need a CF ffs. Why can’t he see this?
Jim Lloyd
55 Posted 17/08/2023 at 08:45:45
As soon as I saw him on YouTube (yep, I know), I thought he's a player that'll improve us.

He's an exciting player, has vision of what's on for a move. He can score and he can set up chances. If his workrate is high as well, then I think he'll do us fine. I like Gray and think he's done us well. But this lad looks the business. I think he'll lay on chances, score and will work his socks off. I'm getting positive again!

I think the management know we need a goalscorer. I think it's a matter of getting a good one, when finances are low (or non-existent.)

Up to now, I'm optimistic. With the additions we've made, it looks like we'll have more goals in our squad. There's a fortnight to go, near enough. Let's see what our set-up is like at the end of the transfer window, before judging the success, or lack of it in our recruitment.

Michael Kenrick
56 Posted 17/08/2023 at 08:47:02
Christine @39… Shkodran Mustafi.

He must surely be a prime example of what Robert Tressell has repeatedly advocated this transfer season: Buy 'em in young and unknown from a minor continental league.

This bloke turned out to be pretty good – but not for us, sadly. Three years hard work for virtually nothing, before he went to a number of different Champions League teams – including 4½ years at Arsenal after a £35M move from Valencia back in 2016.

Perhaps a testament to Moyes's ability at identifying talent, he's also a testament to Moyes's inability to make the best of young players, leaving him sitting on the bench unused 9 times out of 10 before releasing him on a free.

But perhaps Moyes was right after all: During his tenure at Arsenal, he developed a reputation for errors – so says Wikipedia!

Marc Hints
57 Posted 17/08/2023 at 09:47:21
Paul #11,

Think you need to get the facts right before you post. Aston Villa were not involved at all.

Dave Abrahams
58 Posted 17/08/2023 at 10:10:08
Mike (49),

Yeh, the only Olympic sprinter in history who runs with a walking stick!

Mark Taylor
59 Posted 17/08/2023 at 10:24:38
Kieran 50

Well Villa just turned him down, they are a top half team ( I think, soon find out!) but I doubt there is much gnashing of teeth among their fans at losing him.

That said, I should be clearer that he is a decent signing given our frugal circumstances. I've also thought he had talent and he is as proven as it is possible to be, unlike Moises Kean whose exoticism ended up being greater than his actual contribution. Before Kean, I recall some also getting excited about Sandro

Jim Lloyd
60 Posted 17/08/2023 at 10:32:28
The thing is, we can get excited by someone from another league, who turns out to be unsuited to the Premier League, or any tier of English football. It's a gamble.

With this lad, he's come through with Leeds and looks good wherever he plays in our football. I'm glad we've got him.

Christine Foster
61 Posted 17/08/2023 at 10:34:26
Michael, I had to look again at our line up.

I remember Rodwell scoring a belter, now he is a fixture in the Australian A League.

If memory serves me right, Moyes was risk-averse to playing just about any youngster, even Wayne Rooney! Seamus still in the mix which is incredible... only a few left playing now!

Benjamin Dyke
62 Posted 17/08/2023 at 14:49:39
I watched a lot of Leeds last year. This guy was brilliant in a team struggling for results. He made stuff happen out of nothing, he retained possession amazingly in tight situations, he tackled like a monster. I'm so pleased we got him. He may well become my new favourite player, a position that's been vacant a good while now
Kieran Kinsella
63 Posted 17/08/2023 at 15:14:39

"He may well become my new favourite player, a position that's been vacant a good while now"

Good point. James and Richarlison seemed to have as many detractors as admirers. I really cannot remember the last universally accepted (well aside from the minority of permanent malcontents) fan favorite we had. Maybe Tim Cahill? If not him then maybe Andrei almost 30 years ago lol

Danny O’Neill
64 Posted 18/08/2023 at 07:37:33
Christine & Michael,

Mustafi always makes me think.

Okay, not the best, but I think we played him one or two times.

He then went onto win trophies with Arsenal. And, although not a starter in probably the best German team in recent times (2014), played his part and has a World Cup winning medal in his cabinet.

Still just past 30. If available, why not?

Jeff Armstrong
65 Posted 18/08/2023 at 07:53:51
On another note Walcott has announced his retirement, says some nice things about his EFC part of his career, maybe the abuse off the live forum doesn’t always filter through 😉
Bill Fairfield
66 Posted 18/08/2023 at 09:09:11
I think over the rest of this season,this could be the most astute signing by Dyche.

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