Jack Harrison and Tyler Adams look set for Leeds United stay after Daniel Farke announcement
Jack Harrison and Tyler Adams look set to remain at Leeds United past the end of the transfer window after Daniel Farke’s injury update.
The English winger and American midfielder respectively are two of the key members of the Whites squad that the new 49ers regime want to keep at Elland Road despite relegation, along with the likes of Willy Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra.
Both have been linked with moves away, with Everton holding talks for Harrison and Aston Villa perhaps most heavily linked to the USMNT captain from a long list of Premier League suitors.
But both are currently out with fitness issues and the manager has projected that to be the case until after deadline day.
Phil Hay relayed via Twitter Farke’s injury update from the Saturday friendly against Monaco which the duo missed (22 July), writing: “A few bits from Farke – Harrison and Adams won’t be fit for the start of the season.
“Still rehabbing and could be out until after the first international break.”
The transfer window closes on 1 September, with the first international break now following until after a week later on 9 September.
It isn’t impossible, but the chances of anyone signing either of the two Leeds United men when they are not only at full fitness, but haven’t played any meaningful football for months, is low.
Harrison, 26, finished the season but had picked up the hip injury he has currently recovering from prior to the conclusion of the campaign [Yorkshire Evening Post, 6 July], so it is now two months since he last kicked a ball in anger, and will be over three by deadline day.
Adams, 24, had his season ended by hamstring surgery in mid-March, so come 1 September it will be five and a half months since he had been seen in action.
Despite an exodus from Elland Road this summer, which is continuing to grow with Max Wober’s exit to Borussia Monchengladbach materialising at the same time as the injury prognoses, Leeds United have so far managed to keep Harrison and Adams at the club.
So having got this far before the extent of their injuries being publicly known it would be all the more of a surprise for them to suddenly be snapped up now they are ruled out for weeks to come.
Farke is operating with plenty of uncertainty at the moment and so far has just Ethan Ampadu signed, so the Wober departure is a significant blow, but despite the injury news on his other important men not being great there may be a sizeable silver lining.
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