Jack Harrison (footballer, born 1996)

Jack David Harrison (born 20 November 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Leeds United on loan from Premier League side Manchester City. He also represents England U21.[2]

Jack Harrison
Personal information
Full name Jack David Harrison[1]
Date of birth (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
(on loan from Manchester City)
Number 22
Youth career
2002–2003 Liverpool
2003–2010 Manchester United
2013–2015 Manhattan SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 22 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 New York City 56 (14)
2018– Manchester City 0 (0)
2018Middlesbrough (loan) 4 (0)
2018–Leeds United (loan) 74 (9)
National team
2017 England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017

He was selected as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and was rated as the second best player in MLS under the age of 24 the same year.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Harrison was born in Stoke-on-Trent and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Harrison spent a short time at the Liverpool academy as a seven-year-old but eventually opted to attend Manchester United's academy, where he spent seven years. At the age of 14 Jack and his mother made the decision to leave the Manchester United academy to attend Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.[4] In 2015, Harrison was the Gatorade National Player of the Year for high school soccer.[5] Harrison is one of five internationals to move to the U.S. for high school and win Gatorade National Player of the Year on the men's side, all of which have come since 2012.[6]

Club careerEdit

New York CityEdit

In December 2015, reports emerged that New York City were attempting to claim Harrison as a homegrown player due to him playing with club youth affiliate Manhattan Soccer Club for the prior three years, allowing them to sign him before the draft.[7] However this claim was rejected by MLS, and Harrison entered the 2016 MLS SuperDraft as the youngest available player. On 14 January 2016, he was selected[8] as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire and traded to New York City for the #4 overall pick, Brandon Vincent, plus allocation money.[9][10][11] Shortly after the draft it was discovered that Harrison had a fractured pelvic bone which left him on the sidelines for the first three months of his New York City career.[12]

2016 seasonEdit

Harrison made his professional debut on 21 May 2016 as a 57th-minute substitute for Thomas McNamara in a 0–7 loss against New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium. Harrison's individual performance was described as a "silver lining" for his side.[13] Harrison became the first teenage scorer for the club[14] when he scored his first professional goal on his first professional start against Real Salt Lake at Yankee Stadium on 2 June.[15] On 3 July, Harrison scored the opener in the Hudson River Derby in a man of the match performance as New York City recorded their first win over the Red Bulls.[16] At the end of the season, Harrison was nominated for, but ultimately did not win, the MLS Rookie of the Year Award, which went to Jordan Morris of the Seattle Sounders FC.[17] Harrison was also the runner up for the 2016 MLS Goal of the Year Award, which went to Shkëlzen Gashi of the Colorado Rapids.[18]

2017 seasonEdit

In March 2017, Harrison and NYCFC teammates Eirik Johansen and Ronald Matarrita earned U.S. green cards.[19] Harrison scored his first goal of the new season on 1 April, in a 2–1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.[20] On 29 April, he recorded his first professional multi-goal performance, scoring a brace to secure a 3–2 victory over Columbus Crew.[21] Harrison also scored the game-winning opener in a 2–0 victory against New York Red Bulls to give the club its first ever win at Red Bull Arena on 24 June.[22] Ahead of his move to Manchester City, Harrison was praised by former teammate Andrea Pirlo, who said of Harrison 'He is very young, he's fast and he is capable of playing in Europe. He's a good player.'[23] and another former teammate Frank Lampard who said 'I think there a lot of big things to come from Jack. I like him, he's a great lad, great ability.'[24]

Manchester CityEdit

On 30 January 2018, Harrison signed for Premier League side Manchester City, a partner club with his previous side New York City as part of the City Football Group, signing a contract running until the conclusion of the 2020–21 season.[25]

Middlesbrough (loan)Edit

Immediately after signing a contract with City, Harrison was loaned out to Championship club Middlesbrough, under the management of recently appointed manager Tony Pulis. He made his first appearance for Middlesbrough on 17 February 2018, in the 83rd minute of a 1–0 loss to Cardiff City.[26] He made 4 appearances for Middlesbrough in total, being unable to displace the regular wingers Adama Traoré and Stewart Downing.[27]

Leeds United (loan)Edit

After taking part in Manchester City's pre-season tour of the United States,[28][29][30][31] on 30 July 2018, Harrison signed for Championship side Leeds United on a season-long loan.[32] He made his debut for Leeds in the opening game of the season on 5 August, as a substitute against his hometown club Stoke City at Elland Road in a 3–1 win.[33] Nine days later, he made his first start in an EFL Cup match against Bolton Wanderers.[34] Harrison made his first start in the League for Leeds on 31 August, coming into the starting lineup for the injured Pablo Hernández in a 0–0 draw against Middlesbrough.[35] On 15 September, he scored his first goal for the club, an 89th-minute equaliser in the 1–1 draw against Millwall.[36]

He scored his second goal of the season on 11 January 2019 against his former New York teammate Frank Lampard's side Derby County in a 2–0 victory.[37] In his 100th professional fixture, Harrison scored the winner in a 1–0 win (his fourth goal for 2018/19) over Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road,[38] the second game of the season[39] in which he claimed the match-winner.

During the 2018–19 Leeds United F.C. season, Harrison played 42 games in all competitions, scoring 4 goals and 4 assists, after Leeds finished the regular season in third place after dropping out of the automatic promotion places with 3 games left after a defeat to 10 man Wigan Athletic on 19 April,[40] Leeds qualified for the playoffs versus sixth-placed Derby County, Harrison started in both legs and gained an assist for Kemar Roofe's goal as Leeds won the 1st leg of the playoffs in a 1–0 win at Pride Park, to bring into a 1-0 aggregate lead into the home leg at Elland Road, but Leeds lost 2–4 in the 2nd leg in an encounter with Leeds down to 10 men after the red card of Gaetano Berardi,[41] the loss saw Derby progress 4–3 on aggregate to the final against Aston Villa.[41]

Return to Man CityEdit

After returning to Manchester City after his loan spell, with Leeds keen to sign Harrison permanently, it was reported that his parent club had put a £20 million valuation on Harrison.[42] On 27 June 2019, it was announced that Harrison was in talks with Leeds United to re-sign on another season long loan deal.[43]

On 1 July 2019, Harrison agreed a new one-year contract extension to his contract at Manchester City.[44]

Return to Leeds (on loan)Edit

On 1 July 2019, Harrison re-signed for Leeds United on a season-long loan. As part of the deal Leeds also have the option to sign Harrison on a permanent transfer at the end of the 2019–20 season.[45] He scored on his second debut on the 4 August in Leeds' opening day 3–1 victory against Bristol City.[46]

For Harrison's two game-winning goals in November 2019 against Blackburn[47] and Reading,[48] as well as an additional goal and an assist the same month, he was nominated for the EFL Championship Player of the Month for November, losing out to eventual award-winner, Hull's Jarrod Bowen.[49] His fifth goal of the 2019–2020 season came on 29 December 2019, in a dramatic 4–5 win at Birmingham City.[50]

International careerEdit

On 1 October 2017, Harrison was called into the England U21 squad for the first time after injuries to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Sheyi Ojo for games against Scotland and Andorra.[51] He made his debut in the fixture against Scotland, replacing Tammy Abraham in the 88th minute.[52]

Style of playEdit

Harrison is a versatile left footed attacker, who plays as a winger, mainly on the left flank, he is also comfortable playing on the right side. He can also play as a attacking midfield playmaker.[2] He is known for his pace, his dribbling ability and workrate.[53] Former New York City teammate David Villa described Harrison, "I've spent a lot of years in this game, and he has something important that only a few players have, when he has the ball at his feet, you get the sensation something special is going to happen."[54][55]

His former New York City manager Patrick Vieira said of Harrison, "He's a good player, technically he's really good, he understands the game, he can come and link with our No. 9, he can run behind the back four, his football brain is fantastic."[56]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 22 February 2020[57]
Club Season Division League Playoffs League Cup Domestic Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York City 2016 MLS 21 4 2 0 -- 0 0 23 4
2017 34 10 2 0 -- 1 0 37 10
NYCFC Total 55 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 60 14
Middlesbrough (loan) 2017–18 Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Middlesbrough Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Leeds United (loan) 2018–19 Championship 37 4 0 0 2 0 1 0 40 4
2019–20 Championship 37 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 40 5
Leeds Total 74 9 1 0 4 0 1 0 80 9
Career total 133 23 5 0 4 0 2 0 144 23



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