Jack Harrison joins on permanent deal as Striker departs

03 Jul 2021 07:02 pm, by YorkshireSquare

On Friday at Elland Road, it was the tale of two perpetual loanees, neither who had ever made an appearance for their parent club, as Jack Harrison joined on a permanent deal and striker Rafa Mújica departed for Las Palmas.

Jack Harrison initially joined Leeds on loan from Manchester City back in 2018. Born in Stoke Harrison spent his youth career at Manchester United before moving to the United States where he had spells at Manhattan then New York, where he made 56 MLS appearances. Harrison signed for Manchester City in January 2018 but he never played a game for the Manchester side. After a relatively unsuccessful loan at Middlesbrough his first real chance to impress in English football came at Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa. Initially used off the bench Harrison became a regular in Marcelo Bielsa’s side. He made his debut during the opening game of the 2018-2019 season against his hometown club Stoke City as an 89th minute substitute but would have to wait until August to make his first league start, deputising for an injured Pablo Hernandez against Middlesbrough.

Harrison would go on to make 83 Championship appearances over two season for Leeds, scoring 10 goals and making 3 assists. Arguably his best season to date came last term during his third loan spell when he made 36 Premier League appearances, scoring 8 goals and making 8 assists. Level with Jack Grealish as the most productive English midfielders in the league. As part of his loan deal last season, an option was put in place for Leeds to sign Harrison on a permanent deal. This has now been activated by Leeds and the winger joins on a three-year deal for a fee believed to start at £11 million but which could reach £15 million with add-ons. Manchester club are likely to have inserted a sell on clause in the deal, which James Marshment at TEAMtalk is reporting to be in the region of 20%.

Rafa Mújica signed for Leeds from Barcelona back in 2019 on a three-year deal. Born in the Canary Islands, Mujica joined Barcelona's youth setup in 2015 from Las Palmas. After a loan spell to Cornella where he played 16 games scoring 6 goals, he returned to Barcelona training with the first team during the summer of 2018. During the 2018-19 season he played 33 games for Barcelona B scoring 7 goals in Segunda Division B, the third tier of Spanish football before signing for Leeds. One for the future Mujica was almost immediately loaned out to Extremadura UD in the Spanish Segunda División for the 2019-2020 season. He made his debut for Extremadura on 1st September but returned to Leeds early in January 2020, having made just seven league appearances.

Mujica would go on to spend the remainder of the 2019-2020 season playing for Villarreal’s B team before heading out on loan again at Real Oviedo for the 2020-21 season. After leaving Oviedo early, he joined fellow second division club Las Palmas on loan until the end of the season making 13 appearances, scoring 1 goal. His temporary switch to the Gran Canaria outfit has now been made permanent, at the age of 22 Mujica will be keen to get regular first team football and kick start his career. It’s odd saying goodbye to a player who has never actually made a first team appearance for the club, he did play in one pre-season friendly against York City, but such is the way of modern football and he certainly wont be the last.

Midfielder Alfie McCalmont also joins Morecambe on loan for the 2021-2022 season after spent last term on loan at Oldham Athletic. Having put in good performances at the Latics, scoring 10 goals in 39 appearances, he may have hoped to break through to the Leeds first team this coming season but is clearly not in Bielsa’s plans just yet.

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Norm wrote on 04 Jul 2021 05:19 am

Glad to have Jack - he's proved himself over time and will be a real asset. Never heard much of the guy who left but I wish him well.