Jack Harrison explains why he wanted to join Everton: he has the qualities to improve the team.
A season-long loan from Leeds United made the 26-year-old forward the club’s fourth summer acquisition on Monday.
Harrison, who can play on either flank and as an offensive midfielder, will wait a few weeks to make his Everton debut due to a minor hip issue. He explained what he can offer Sean Dyche’s squad after joining Merseyside after playing a key role in Leeds’ Premier League forward line.
Harrison told Evertontv: “It’s a pleasure to close the deal. I’m thrilled to be here. The club is quite positive, so I’m hoping to get back fit and play again soon.
“The club is huge. I remember visiting Goodison Park and finding it difficult due to the fans and the amazing atmosphere they bring for Everton, so I’m eager to be on the opposite side and maybe bring something they can cheer about.
“Everton’s early interest was valuable. You always want to be among decent people, and I realized that right away.”
Harrison said: “It came down to a lot of people here at the club and the direction the club wants to go in” after discussing coming to Everton with manager Dyche, his new teammates, and staff.
“We decided this was my best environment to thrive.
“The manager wanted me from the start. Last season was tough, but after talking to people, the club is in a good place.
I know the first game [against Fulham] was unpleasant, but there were many positives, and I hope to contribute to that.
“Speaking with everyone here, experiencing the club and Finch Farm facility really emphasized that, so I’m super excited and ready to get going.”
Dyche said, “We’re pleased to have strengthened our forward options with the signing of Jack.” Harrison is a top Everton target.
“He is a proven Premier League performer who scores and assists, is technically good, and works hard for the team.
We look forward to working with him after he recovers from his minor injury and seeing him shine for Everton.”
Harrison’s career stats show Dyche’s Blues his value. Nine Premier League players have generated more open-play opportunities than the new Everton forward (125) in the past three years.
Just seven players had more assists (16) or opportunities on goal (156), and Harrison was Leeds’ most prolific dribbler and crosser in the English top division. He’s aggressive and hardworking, something Dyche expects from his players.
Only two players—including Harrison’s new teammate Dwight McNeil—have won more possession in the final third (69) in that three-year timeframe. He also ranks in the top 5% of Europe’s top five leagues for attacking third-winger tackles.
Harrison said: “I like to work hard, it’s who I am. I think that fits Evertonian traits.
“I also like to think I have attacking talent, so showing what I can do on the pitch, combining with teammates, creating chances, and hopefully scoring and assisting to help the team. I’ll do everything I can to help Everton succeed and show supporters my skills.
Naturally, I strive to play well and create chances. I was drawn to the Wingers’ involvement against Fulham on Saturday. I want to play in a style where wingers are crucial to the team’s success.
On Saturday, I envisioned myself creating chances, being on the ball, and aiding the team in numerous ways.
There were many positives from the game. The organization is doing well. That’s the most important thing at this juncture in the season, and with this team’s talent, goals will come.
“I hope to return in a few weeks. I can’t wait to play again in front of Everton fans.”