It was inevitable. And now it has happened.
NYCFC’s Jack Harrison is subject to serious interest from Premier League side Stoke City who have reportedly tabled a bid in the range of $5million.
It’s now blatantly obvious that the outside soccer world (England especially) are starting to show more respect to Major League Soccer as a league. Last year, Harrison earned his first call up to represent England, featuring for the u21’s against Scotland and Andorra.
Having earned those caps, and now being on the receiving end of interest from Stoke City amongst other Premier League clubs, we now know that MLS is being taken extremely seriously.
Considering Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he wouldn’t pick Sebastian Giovinco to play for Italy because of his affiliation with Major League Soccer, you can see that the league has come on leaps and bounds. (Or that English coaches are less ignorant, ha.)
Personally, if I was Jack Harrison, I wouldn’t jump into a big decision right now. He’s 21-years-old and isn’t under pressure to make a big career move yet. I would stay in New York for at least another year and continue to develop around experienced individuals like Patrick Vieira and David Villa.
I mean, Stoke City are in a relegation battle, let’s be honest. Would Harrison fancy himself to get minutes in that team right now? Would he want to be at risk of joining a club who could be in the Championship come May?
Obviously Jack’s long term goal would be to return to his native country, it would allow him to come through the England national team setup much easier. I understand Stoke-on-Trent is his place of birth and that might be a pulling factor, but there’s no reason why he should rush into a move at this time in his career.
There will still be interest in him in 12 months time, there’s no doubt about that.