A Premier League agent has claimed Everton’s decision to bring Jack Harrison in on loan was ‘bizarre’.
Speaking to The Athletic, the agent admitted that they believed the Toffees had had one of the worst transfer windows and were left confused as to why the club didn’t buy Harrison.
The winger netted five goals and provided seven assists in the top flight last season as Leeds United were relegated.
Harrison only signed a new five-year deal with the Whites back in April but was heavily linked with a move away all summer.
While it was expected that he would secure a permanent switch back to the Premier League, Everton instead welcomed him to Merseyside on a season-long loan.
Following the transfer window, The Athletic asked a cross-section of agents who they believed had endured the worst transfer business of the summer and the Toffees became in second with 20 per cent of the vote.
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One agent said: “Beto seems to be decent. But Ashley Young on a free and (Arnaut) Danjuma who turned them down six months ago, Jack Harrison on loan from Leeds — I do think he’s a good player, but it’s a bit bizarre that you’re loaning a player ‘up’. You’d think Everton would be buying.”
Another agent claimed that Everton’s transfer window ‘smacks of relegation’, whilst someone else said the club had been ‘knocking on the Championship door for a while’.
Will Everton sign Jack Harrison permanently?
Everton’s decision to loan Jack Harrison was certainly a strange one, however it was most likely something that Leeds United insisted on.
The Whites will be hoping to win promotion straight back to the Premier League this season, at which point they can bring the 26-year-old back into their team.
However, if Leeds fail to return to the top flight then Everton could certainly look to snap him up permanently if he performs well.
His recent five-year contract certainly didn’t seem like Harrison committing his future to the club, but rather just ensuring that the Yorkshire outfit could make a decent fee off his departure.