Jack Harrison (footballer, born 1996)

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Jack Harrison
Personal information
Full name Jack David Harrison[1]
Date of birth (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position 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 Soccer Club
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 22 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 New York City 56 (14)
2018– Manchester City 0 (0)
2018Middlesbrough (loan) 4 (0)
2018–Leeds United (loan) 4 (1)
National team
2017– England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:01, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017

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's.[2]

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 life[edit]

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. He moved to the United States at the age of 14 and attended Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. In 2015, Harrison was the Gatorade National Player of the Year for high school soccer.[4]

Club career[edit]

New York City[edit]

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.[5] 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[6] as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire and traded to New York City for the #4 overall pick and allocation money.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] 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.[15]

2016 season[edit]

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.[16] Harrison became the first teenage scorer for the club[17] when he scored his first professional goal on his first professional start against Real Salt Lake at Yankee Stadium on 2 June 2016.[18] On 3 July 2016, Harrison scored the opener in the Hudson River Derby putting in a man of the match performance as New York City recorded their first win over the New York Red Bulls.[19] At the end of the season, Harrison was nominated for, but ultimately did not win, the MLS Rookie of the Year Award losing out to Jordan Morris.[20] Harrison was also the runner up for the 2016 MLS Goal of the Year Award losing out to Shkëlzen Gashi.[21]

2017 season[edit]

Harrison scored his first goal of 2017 on 1 April, in a 2–1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.[22] On 29 April, he recorded his first professional multi-goal performance, scoring a brace to secure a 3–2 victory over Columbus Crew.[23] 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.[24] 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.'[25] and another former teamate 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.'[26]

Manchester City[edit]

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.[27]

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, with the out-of-form North East side currently only placing mid-table instead of their promotion targets.[28] He made his first appearance for Middlesbrough on 17 February 2018, in the 83rd minute of a 1–0 loss to Cardiff City.[29] He made 4 appearances for Middlesbrough in total, being unable to displace the regular wingers Adama Traore and Stewart Downing.[30]

Return to Man City[edit]

He returned to Man City for the 2018–19 pre-season and was called up by Manager Pep Guardiola for the first team squad for their pre-season tour in the U.S. to compete in the 2018 International Champions Cup.[31] He made his first appearances for Manchester City when he started in the ICC match against Borussia Dortmund on 21 July 2018.[32] also starting the following game against Liverpool,[33] before coming on as a second half substitute for Brahim Díaz against Bayern Munich on 28 July 2018 in the final match.[34]

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

On 30 July 2018, Harrison signed for EFL Championship side Leeds United on a season long loan.[35] He made his debut for Leeds in the opening game of the 2018–19 season on 5 August 2018, as a substitute against Stoke City at Elland Road in a 3–1 win.[36] On 14 August, Harrison made his first start for Leeds, starting for Leeds in an EFL Cup match against Bolton Wanderers.[37]

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.[38] On 15 September, Harrison scored his first goal for Leeds, scoring a 89th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Millwall.[39]

International career[edit]

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.[40] He made his debut in the fixture against Scotland, replacing Tammy Abraham in the 88th minute.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Harrison earned his U.S. green card in March 2017.[42]

Style Of Play[edit]

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.[43] He is known for his pace, his dribbling ability and workrate.[44] 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.[45][46]

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'.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 February 2018[48]
Club Season Division League Playoffs League Cup FA 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 36 10
Total 55 14 5 0 1 0 0 0 59 14
2017–18 Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 59 14 5 0 1 0 0 0 63 14




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