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Everton have re-signed Jack Harrison on loan from Leeds United.

For a second successive season, the Blues have taken advantage of a clause in the Stoke-born player's contract at Elland Road allowing him to sign on loan for a Premier League club while Leeds remain in the Championship.

The Yorkshire side were relegated from the top flight at the end of the 2022-23 season and failed to gain promotion this season when they were defeated by Southampton in the play-offs final at Wembley last month.

The deal allows for Everton to sign him on loan for the year with no fee but the Club will cover his wages. It is not clear whether the agreement includes an option to sign Harrison on a permanent basis next year.

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Harrison first joined Everton in August last year but had to wait to make his debut because of a prolonged hip injury.

He eventually made his first appearance in a Blue jersey in late September in the Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa, the team he might have joined were it not for that injury, and went on to play 35 games in all competitions.

His first loan officially ended at the end of the 2023-24 campaign but, having settled on Merseyside, it was always his desire to return to Goodison Park if possible for a further year this summer.

“It’s a great honour to be part of the last season at Goodison," he told evertontv from Miami where is preparing for the new season. "It's a club with a lot of history and you see how many fans have packed out the stadium for such a long time.

“I'm definitely excited. I always remember Goodison Park having a great atmosphere at games. Being part of it last year, especially moments like the win over Liverpool under the lights, the big win over Newcastle, as well – the atmosphere was bouncing and it's such a pleasure to be part of that.

"The last season at Goodison Park has to be a special one for everybody and we'll definitely be wanting to make the most of those games like last year and create more memories.

“We can take confidence from last season but I think there’s a lot we can improve upon, as well. I know defensively we were very sound last season, but on the attacking end I want to be able to add more to the team and improve my numbers with goals and assists.

“I know I have a lot more to offer. That's extra motivation for me to go back and prove to myself and to Everton Football Club that I can do more on the pitch. This season I'll be able to have a full pre-season and hopefully hit the ground running.”


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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 24/06/2024 at 16:25:28
Meh. He flatters to deceive imo. I think there’s talent hidden somewhere but does he have a football brain?
Mal van Schaick
2 Posted 24/06/2024 at 16:27:02
I’m pleased that he has rejoined. We should try and keep as many as our regular first team together from last season, and add a few more decent players, finances permitting.

Jay Harris
3 Posted 24/06/2024 at 16:34:26
Colin I think he has the brain but not the feet or speed.

His work rate is good but he loses the ball too often and fails to beat a man.

Maybe with a better RB he will contribute more.

Lewis Barclay
4 Posted 24/06/2024 at 16:40:06
With not much likely coming in, in the way of personnel upgrades, on last year, I think Dyche will deserve a medal if he manages to deliver anything better.
Pat Kelly
5 Posted 24/06/2024 at 16:55:07
Harrison has been around long enough to show what he's about. I don't expect anything different from him next season. Doesn't deliver enough. Just means we don't have to shell out for a replacement. But it's a loan slot we're not trying on someone else.

Ian Jones
6 Posted 24/06/2024 at 16:55:28
And Newcastle reported to have ended their interest in DCL no doubt, just for the moment
Si Pulford
7 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:07:51
Happy we’re keeping him. He’s not amazing but he knows what’s expected in a Dyche system and no fee. He’s frustrating though. Doesn’t shoot when it’s the easiest option. Harrison is brilliant at facing two men up, shaping to move, then loosing the ball. Very rarely plays it simple. When he does though, there’s a player in there. And he works his socks off. To be fair to him with a combination of Patterson/colman/young/godfrey playing RB all season he had more than one eye on defensive cover. Not an exciting signing but a sensible one.
Shaun Laycock
8 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:21:11
Good squad addition but hopefully not on full wages?
Steve Brown
9 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:33:20
He doesn’t shoot, cross the ball, dribble and he is slow.
Julian Exshaw
10 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:36:57
I'm looking forward to all that tracking back! Leeds fans jubilant.
Andrew Keatley
11 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:37:40
Too. Many. Touches.
Ryan Holroyd
12 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:45:45
Really happy he is back. An absolute no brainer
Denis Richardson
13 Posted 24/06/2024 at 17:54:18
Highly underwhelming news and presumably we’re still going to pay his £90k a week wages.

Only upside is there’s no fee to pay and he already knows the club and manager. However, £4.5m in wages for a very average, albeit hardworking, winger seems a waste of a loan slot and a waste of a lot of money.

So currently, we’ve re-signed Coleman, Young and Harrison. Former two should really only be back up and the latter hopefully isnt the starting RM….

Still 7 weeks to the season start I guess….

Karl Meighan
14 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:01:55
We either sign a player who knows are system who has improvment in him with a full pre season under his belt, or we can go out and get a Demari Gray type if were lucky who produces a great bit of skill every 20 games.

If money was there then maybe we could bring better onboard. Harrison is a experienced Premier League player who in my opinion a few other Clubs wouldn't mind having in there squad.

For every Harrison there are a few Benrahma's who look may look good on youtube but offer little to a struggling side.

Colin Glassar
15 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:02:35
A taller version of Aaron lennon. A thinner version of Aidan McGeady. A poorer version of Delofeu. I rest my case.
Liam Mogan
16 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:18:07
'Too. Many. Touches'- that's bang on that is Andrew. He takes far too long to set himself and get his head up when in possession.

He's actually got a few good attributes and his work ethic can't be faulted. Hopefully he'll improve this year.

Billy Shears
17 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:25:30
Gotta trust Dyche on this one I suppose,a hardworking player granted but needs to up his game this season...he just doesn't do enough going forward for me and always hated inverted wingers and now wingbacks!
Ed Prytherch
18 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:30:50
He cannot cross with his right foot hence the extra touches to turn and get it on his left and by then he is squared up to a defender who he cannot beat. He turns the space around him into a cul-de-sac
Bobby Mallon
19 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:32:10
@9 no he’s not he’s playing out of position AND he’s being held back for defensive purposes
Daniel Thomas
20 Posted 24/06/2024 at 18:59:32
Spot on Karl @ 14.

No brainer to get him back.

There’s attacking returns in there for anyone who bothered to watch him under Bielsa.

Problem is he’s got a walking disaster behind him on the right.

He’s not going to fire us into the champions league places, but all we’re looking for is a stress free season finishing 10th-14th. Then hopefully we can kick on.

Frank Sheppard
21 Posted 24/06/2024 at 19:03:40
Good that he is back.
Anthony Dove
22 Posted 24/06/2024 at 19:05:43
If there was ever any doubt we now know what we’re in for next season. It may even please some people.

Brian Harrison
23 Posted 24/06/2024 at 19:12:19
I think I am right in saying that we were one of the lowest scoring teams in the Premier league last season, and given his poor goals per game ratio I don't see how bringing Harrison back on loan begins to address the problem. He played most of the games and as a front 3 player was better defensively than providing goals or assists. Having just missed getting promotion back to the Premier league if he is as good as some claim then why arent Leeds hanging onto him.
Jack Convery
24 Posted 24/06/2024 at 19:13:52
Bobby De Cordova-Reid is available on a free from Fulham. Stats for last season - EPL, 17 starts, 16 as a sub, 6 goals and 2 assists. In other comps, 8 appearances, 1 goal and 4 assists. He's 31 in Feb 2025, so a 2 year contract, with an option of a further year would make sense to me. Especially as we are counting our pennies.
Dale Self
25 Posted 24/06/2024 at 19:29:56
Yesss, just pee'd my pants a little when I saw this. Ok, Colin and Brian, joking this time. I am completely alright with this although the 90k is a bit much. While we were among the lowest scoring teams, we were also the third stingiest defence and he was a large reason why.

Give him someone to work off of rather than an isolated role and we will see some better performances. He cannot create space on his own but knows the proper channels to run and can occasionally produce opportunities. Another player needed for overall strength of squad.

Denver Daniels
26 Posted 24/06/2024 at 19:47:58
Doesn't cross even when he has time and space. I know he can't cross with his right foot but even when he comes back onto his left he still refuses to cross the ball. I look forward to pulling out what little hair I have left when he runs down to the corner flag and loses possession yet again.
Clive Rogers
27 Posted 24/06/2024 at 20:07:04
Very disappointing. I was hoping for big improvement down our right. If it’s Harrison and Young again it can only be worse.
Christy Ring
28 Posted 24/06/2024 at 20:16:11
He lacks pace, left footed playing right wing, the amount of crosses last season very few, so big improvement needed, we're looking at his teammate Gnonto, definitely an upgrade, now that makes sense.
Karl Meighan
29 Posted 24/06/2024 at 20:21:12
Jack@24 16 games as sub I wonder why if he is a quality player? If he's not good enough to start regular for Fulham don't see how he can be good enough to start for us. Denver@26 we don't have lots of midfielders who keep the ball well, and as for crossing gotta have players in the box for that.

Harrison pisses me off as well at times but we havent got a player who doesn't. When one of your best passes of the ball is a centreback I don't see a problem with this its low risk. Harrison or a player who's played for 6 or 7 Clubs and produced in a piss poor league.

Robert Tressell
30 Posted 24/06/2024 at 20:47:10
An underwhelming but sensible deal on loan.

Karl # 29, Leeds are letting him go in order to subsidise his wages - not because they don't rate him.

Brian # 23, goals can come in greater number if we can improve some of the other key positions - especially RB and the (sort of) number 10 position Doucoure plays. Ndiaye looks like he might be the latter.

Danny O’Neill
31 Posted 24/06/2024 at 20:53:56
I can talk to Evertonians all day.

If the lad wants to play for us and is committed, thats.' good with me. Dyche will pick his players and team.

Not long until 17th August

Raymond Fox
32 Posted 24/06/2024 at 21:13:07
What Danny said, it must be what Dyche wants and thats good enough for me. Time will tell what sort of squad we end up with.
Karl Meighan
33 Posted 24/06/2024 at 21:16:03
Robert@30 I'm quite happy he's signed for another season and agree with you 100%. Think he has a clause stating he can go out on loan if Leeds are playing outside the Prem as well as them wanting his wages paid.
Andy Crooks
34 Posted 24/06/2024 at 21:19:10
Steve@ 9, but apart from that ?
Jonathan Oppenheimer
35 Posted 24/06/2024 at 21:29:21
He’s certainly not the most exciting signing based on last season, but his last 3 years at Leeds he had goal tallies of 5, 8, and 8, and in two of those seasons he had 7 and 8 assists. There’s a much better offensive player in there.

Whether or not he surprises the doubters this season I don’t know. But the added pre-season plus full health will make a difference. Who knows what kind of pliers we’ll surround him with to give him a better chance of contributing offensively.

Certainly this signing is somewhat a product of where we are financially as a club, but I also think he’s a better player than most on here give him credit for. Plus he works hard for the shirt and wants to be here. Along with his history of contributing to goals and his defensive work rate, that’s all good enough for me.

Rob Jones
36 Posted 24/06/2024 at 21:49:55
That's unfortunate. Here I was, waiting for us to sign the best in the world in his position, forgetting that I support Everton, a lower Premier League club in deep financial schtook...

Ah well.

Mike Gaynes
37 Posted 24/06/2024 at 22:02:02
Glad he's coming back.

Glad we didn't have to buy him.

Glad we're looking at other options in his position.

Paul Kernot
38 Posted 24/06/2024 at 22:02:43
Surely he's capable of banging it in hard and low with his right foot. Saying that, he's not quick enough to beat many left backs so we'd need a player who can put diagonals into the corner, plus a #10 who arrives in the box to meet it. Not rocket science when we score so few goals.
Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 24/06/2024 at 22:05:16
Jack #24, he played well last night for Jamaica against Mexico. I'd endorse that signing.
Robert Tressell
40 Posted 24/06/2024 at 22:15:25
Sorry Karl # 33 I got the wrong end of the stick. Didn't realise you were talking about Decordova-Reed.
Dave Bowen
41 Posted 24/06/2024 at 22:57:52
I appreciate he’s a bit meh, but he was magnificent defensively in the derby win. Definitely one of the reasons our defensive record was so good last season. Maybe with a decent RB behind him (Kabore?), he can show more going forward.
Sam Hoare
42 Posted 24/06/2024 at 23:11:08
Great news. We get a versatile, experienced performer that will hit the ground running for very little outgoing.

I think he will really benefit from a Dyche pre-season and I expect him to return better attacking numbers this year.

Can play RW, LW and behind the striker. Extremely hard working and suits the managers game plan to a tee. Great to get him in early and helps team consistency whilst allowing us room to spend transfer funds elsewhere.

John Raftery
43 Posted 24/06/2024 at 23:18:37
A key player for Dyche’s system. Great news that we have been able to bring him back before the pre-season starts.
Si Cooper
44 Posted 24/06/2024 at 23:24:29
This was on the cards. Really hoping we can get a lot more from him this season.
Mike Gaynes
45 Posted 25/06/2024 at 00:52:41
Fascinating article tonight on ESPN about the dramatically different midfielder who once played Harrison's position.

How James Rodriguez has returned as Colombia's midfield maestro while utterly disappearing from club football -- currently sitting unwanted on the end of the bench at Sao Paulo.


Bob Parrington
46 Posted 25/06/2024 at 01:29:34
Good decision to bring Jack back and a relatively strong yes vote on here seems to support the decision.
Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 25/06/2024 at 04:28:50
And right on cue, James with a master class in the Gold Cup -- TWO inch-perfect crosses, one from open play and one from a set piece, for both Colombia's goals in a 2-1 win over Paraguay.

He also served up a perfect third for our old friend Yerry that drew a penalty, which was unfortunately overturned.

Peter Moore
48 Posted 25/06/2024 at 05:12:00
Jack Harrison certainly seems aware of what he needs to improve on to bring a much bigger impact in attack. Good luck to him.

A full pre-season for him and all the squad could be a tremendous thing to enable us to start fit and firing.
Performance (not results) wise, we seemed very strong in the first part of the season. Very short of goals though, weren't we?

Perhaps Dele Alli will get a full pre-season and stay? If the takeover can get done in time, maybe we could get PSR sorted by letting Onana go, he seems to want away anyway, though that may change now we should be upwardly mobile post takeover.

Probably unrealistic to think James Rodriguez could return, to give us a real top quality cutting edge and sparkling creativity. What a play maker, what a player. He knows us and loves us, we love him, could Dan Friedkin make it happen.

Does he have 2 plus top quality seasons left, to dance on the Goodison Turf to light her up in this last season? Could he be the sparkling diamond to bring unbounded joy first season at Bramley-Moore Dock?

Alan J Thompson
49 Posted 25/06/2024 at 05:48:52
That's what we need, wingers who look good defending but have difficulty putting in a decent cross. I suppose on the plus side nobody has accused him of blowing like a tug but what do you expect for 95Kpw. One step forward two steps back.
Jerome Shields
50 Posted 25/06/2024 at 06:22:40
He is a Dyche type player..Ask Dyche if you want details.Has been selected when available last season. Part of a side that survived against the odds.
Danny O’Neill
51 Posted 25/06/2024 at 07:05:39
A decent player to have in the squad.

Taken on by Liverpool and then Manchester United academies. Also played out in the US.

On the crossing side, you are looking at a left footed player, being mostly put on the right side. I’ve never been a fan of that. But we have McNeil, who’s delivery I mostly good.

I’m happy that he’s staying. More thinking about how we bolster that midfield.

Eric Myles
52 Posted 25/06/2024 at 07:25:53
Jonathan #35, a search on Google reveals that there's 30 different types of pliers we could use to surround him, including Linesman Pliers for when he gets into offside positions.

Personally, I prefer to use the Tongue in Groove type. ;-)

Derek Knox
53 Posted 25/06/2024 at 09:08:54
Tinterweb, saying Ndiaye deal agreed and he will be the third signing of the summer. I remember him being quite prolific when at Sheffield United, which prompted a scramble for his signature.

Which, of course was won by Olympique Marseilles, the only worrying aspect being that he only managed 4 in 46 for them. Hopefully down to style of (their) play and missing playing in England.

Not being a harbinger of doom, prolific scorers don't usually just 'dry up' unless they have just hit a bad patch, I am hoping that may be the case here. Welcome aboard lad !

Shaun Laycock
54 Posted 25/06/2024 at 09:28:38
It's good to see we have a plan... Where we have fallen down in the past is reaching too high too quickly – that's unsustainable.

It appears that the signings made so far are part of a short-medium term strategy to ensure we are comfortably mid-table but in a stable and sustainable way.

Once achieved, next phase – qualify for Europe through the league then who knows, perhaps Champions League in say 5 -7 years?

Ben MacKenzie
55 Posted 25/06/2024 at 10:55:42
A left footed right winger. A bit like Andrei Kanchelskis. If only...
Paul Hughes
56 Posted 25/06/2024 at 23:12:29
The thing is though, he can cross with his right foot. He demonstrated that on several occasions when he actually tried it last season. For some reason though, he doesn’t have the confidence to do so regularly. Very frustrating.
Martin Farrington
57 Posted 26/06/2024 at 11:12:30
Ok he is back.
Enough about him has been said previously in this and previous threads so there is no point in me adding more, other than he will get my 100% support and love.

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