‘The problem is…’: Journalist issues big Everton transfer claim on Jack Harrison.
Everton’s return to form this season can be attributed to many things, all combining at once to seemingly create the perfect storm.
Having been caught up in so many disasters in recent years, very nearly relegating a club that had left the top flight since the 1950s, it feels like a refreshing reward to see Sean Dyche’s men capitalise on some good fortune.
Their transfers have stuck the landing, and those left from previous regimes have finally started to gel. Goals are being scored, and the defence is now solid as a rock.
Even the potential points deduction cannot dampen spirits, with those surrounding the Toffees having forged an ‘us vs the world’ policy that is clearly bearing fruit.
As such, every player fights for the badge, and even during off days a shift being put in is a prerequisite.
That is what has made Jack Harrison’s arrival all the more impressive, with how quickly he has bought into that philosophy despite only joining on loan.
And yet, journalist Paul Brown has since issued his damning verdict on the potential of a permanent switch, telling GIVEMESPORT: ‘It wouldn’t surprise me if Leeds were to ask for that. I suspect that in the current market, they do believe he’s worth that.
‘But the problem is that he probably isn’t worth £30m to Everton because they don’t have £30m to spend on one player right now. Everything will depend on what happens with the takeover, the finances, whether Everton are punished, whether they stay in the Premier League.
‘Everything is up in the air at the moment and it’s very hard to predict what kind of budget Everton will have. So I think by next summer, things will become clearer but I can’t see, in the current situation, Everton spending £30m on Jack Harrison.’
How is Jack Harrison playing?
Despite joining with a longstanding injury, it is remarkable the speed with which he first recovered and then settled into the starting side.
The quintessential Dyche winger, the 26-year-old boasts blistering pace and quick feet, but the quality to deliver a pinpoint cross. His delivery for Vitaliy Mykolenko’s opener on Saturday stands as proof of this.
However, perhaps more important is his work rate, which added to his creativity and goal threat have helped him become an instant favourite at Goodison Park.
They would surely love to have him on a permanent deal, with the statistics backing up exactly why.
Even if he has arguably underwhelmed in his last few matches, he still has four goal contributions from five starts in the Premier League, whilst also averaging one key pass and 4.5 ball recovers per game, via Sofascore.
In today’s market, a fee of around £30m would mark appropriate business for a side like Everton looking to progress. However, given their financial restrictions, they will be hoping the Yorkshire outfit fail to gain promotion, in the hopes they might be able to strike a cheaper deal.