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NYCFC’s Jack Harrison heading to the Premier League?

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Jack Harrison is said to be interesting multiple Premier League teams ahead of the January transfer window.

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Harrison, 20, has starred for New York City FC in Major League Soccer during his debut two seasons in the North American top-flight and the Daily Mail reports that a trio of PL clubs are interested in signing him.

Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton are said to be the three teams interested in attacking midfielder Harrison and, of course, he wouldn’t need a work permit like most of MLS’ young stars.

His reported transfer fee of $10 million is also relatively low compared to similar young talents and he has plenty of experience in senior games at the relatively young age of 20.

Harrison left Manchester United’s academy as a youngster to attend high school in the USA at 14 years old and was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year before starring at Wake Forest in the ACC for one season. He was then drafted to NYCFC and became an instant hit in MLS, playing a key role alongside Frank Lampard and David Villa at Yankee Stadium in his debut season in 2016 (4 goals) and he scored 10 goals in 34 games for the Bronx club in 2017 to prove his progression.

In a previous chat with Pro Soccer Talk he also revealed it was his “dream” to one day return to England and play in the Premier League. Now seems like a good time to make that happen.

Recently called up for England’s U-21 side, Harrison has shown that young English players can develop successfully Stateside and still reach the PL level. Would he play at Everton, Leicester or Brighton?

Maybe the latter two, but even then he may be a bit-part player to start with. Brighton would be a great place for Harrison to hone his trade and he would also get regular minutes under Chris Hughton, a manager who is known to give youth a chance. Still, it’s a gamble, especially given the fact that he’d be a regular for many years at NYCFC under the watchful eye of Patrick Vieira.

His pace, trickery and ability to finish have seen him flourish in MLS and given the praise lavished on Harrison by Lampard, it would seem that the youngster from Stoke-on-Trent could make the step up from MLS to the PL.

Of course, it wouldn’t be great for MLS to lose one of its brightest young talents but Harrison’s story and potential journey back to the PL would surely entice more top youngsters from academies across Europe to come through the collegiate and MLS system. That can only be a good thing.

Report: Everton, Leicester City, Brighton interested in NYCFC’s Harrison

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Jack Harrison’s MLS season came to an end last Sunday but he could be back on the field in a couple of months.

The Daily Mail reports that Everton, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion all have the New York City FC winger on their radars, joining the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City in watching the 20-year-old. Harrison is currently in England training with the England U-21s ahead of a qualifying match at Ukraine.

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The trio could spring for him in the January transfer window, though it would take a big transfer fee to pry him away from NYCFC and City Football Group. Per the Journal of Sports Administration and Supervision, Harrison’s Generation Adidas contract is a three-year guaranteed deal with two player option years following, meaning still under contract to MLS but is heading into the last year of the guaranteed portion of his deal.

Harrison is coming off his first full season in MLS, starting in 35 of 36 games, finishing with 10 goals and six assists as well as cementing himself as one of the league’s most exciting prospects. Harrison’s form even earned him a call-up to England’s Under-21s, where he featured twice, starting once for the Three Lions in Euro U-21 Championship qualifiers.

Should Harrison join a Premier League club and earn a place in the starting lineup, it would be the latest step in an incredible journey that saw him moved to upstate New York by his mother to ensure he had an education as well as proof that MLS can develop young players for the Premier League again.

Report: Man City, Man Utd monitoring NYCFC’s Jack Harrison

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Should Jack Harrison further impress scouts in his home nation during this week’s EURO U-21 action, the New York City FC man will have less of a choice in his destination than you may think.

Harrison, the 20-year-old ex-Wake Forest star and former Manchester United Academy product, could even be asked to train with Man City in the near future in order for Pep Guardiola to get a closer look.

[ MORE: JPW with Jack Harrison ]

Harrison has 10 goals and three assists for NYC this season.

The report touts Aaron Mooy‘s move from Melbourne City to Man City as a similar vein, and “a source” told The Sun — so take it for what it’s worth — the following:

“City will have first dibs on Harrison at New York if he continues his rapid progress. It’s sure to rub United up the wrong way after what happened to him as a kid. He’s having a great time over in the US. City are hearing positive things from the execs in New York and that Harrison is an exciting late bloomer.”

We’re curious as to what formal dibs Man City could have on the MLS star, and how playing for a City affiliate of sorts may have changed Harrison’s youth allegiance.

NYCFC’s Jack Harrison called up by England U-21 team

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Who’s the last player to go an American college, head to MLS, and get called in for England duty?

Yeah, this is probably a first.

[ PST: Jack Harrison’s world, as told to JPW ]

New York City FC player and Wake Forest product Jack Harrison has been called up to the England U-21 team for EURO qualifiers against Scotland and Andorra.

A former Manchester United Academy player, Harrison has 10 goals and three assists for NYC this season.

The 20-year-old right wing has not represented his birth country at any other youth level, and has openly flirted with one day playing for the United States.

This move is a major statement for MLS, and could also prod Harrison into a return to England, as the national team program will no doubt prefer him playing in the Football League.

Jack Harrison is the key to NYCFC making a playoff run

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For the first two seasons of New York City FC’s existence, it was much of the same for the club when they’d move up the pitch.

The players in the attacking third would target forward David Villa, who would then do his best — and often times succeed — to make the most of the situation and find the back of the net.

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Villa’s brilliance since he came to MLS in 2015 should not and has not gone unnoticed as he’s accumulated 60 league goals in an almost three-year span. However, there’s a reason why NYCFC fell short of the postseason in 2015 and was hammered in last season’s playoff appearance against Toronto FC.

The club was simply too reliant on their star Spanish striker.

Now, it’s conceivable that that previous statement might be a bit too harsh considering the fact that the man is a former World Cup winner and has proven at the age of 35 that he is at the very least one of the top five players in MLS.

That doesn’t change the fact though that to succeed in this league — and most leagues worldwide — there can’t be one player carrying a team to glory.

That’s where Jack Harrison comes in.

The second-year Englishman is coming into his own as one of MLS’ most promising young talents, and his numbers back that up.

The former Manchester United academy product has reached 10 goals this season, after having tallied four a season ago, while also logging the second-most minutes on NYCFC — which shows manager Patrick Vieira’s confidence in the winger.

Meanwhile, six of Harrison’s 10 finishes in 2017 have proven to be game-winning goals, which is the most on his team. That includes Wednesday night’s blast against the Montreal Impact, which kept the Boys in Blue in the running for a first-round bye in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Harrison can be pointed to for many reasons, including his goalscoring ability, but it’s the mobility and creative brilliance he exhibits that has made those around MLS wonder how long the 20-year-old will actually stick around in the United States.

As long as he does though, NYCFC needs him crucially, especially come playoff time. Last season, it became painfully clear that the club lacked another dangerous attacking threat outside of Villa, and with Harrison boasting more experience now he is the one that should help carry the load.