Leeds told what they need to do to stop Jack Harrison signing for Newcastle – EXCLUSIVE

have been told by their former goalkeeper Nigel Martyn that they need to keep Jack Harrison happy, hand him plenty of minutes and win games to ensure the winger doesn’t quit the club to sign for . The Magpies reportedly made two offers for the 25-year-old in the summer and could once again attempt to thrash out a deal for him when the January transfer window opens.

“I’ve been impressed with him ever since he’s been at the club,” Martyn exclusively told Express Sport as he discussed Harrison. “He’s had spells in and out the team but when I’ve seen him play he brings lots of energy – he’s a threat.

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“He’s a goal threat as well as creating lots of chances. He’s started this season really, really well, with lots of assists and again comes up with important goals too. He’ll be wanting to and trying to make a late run at the England squad if he can.

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“In terms of keeping him, that will depend on how on happy he is. If he’s happy, Leeds’ results are good and he’s starting nearly every game then I think he’ll be happy to stay. I think probably last year they were all in Raphinha’s shadow a little bit. He was shining before that and he’s now shining brightly again. Obviously Newcastle, financially, have got a lot of money so they can turn his head financially. But hopefully he loves playing for Leeds enough that he doesn’t need to make the move.”

Jack Harrison

Leeds winger Jack Harrison was linked with a move to Newcastle in the summer (Image: GETTY)

Leeds have lost just twice in their first six Premier League matches of the new campaign and host Aston Villa at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon. And Martyn says his former employers need to beat the teams around them if they are to have a successful season.

“Where they’ve got to pick up their points is obviously against the teams near the bottom of the table and the teams that they’re going to be fighting against in mid-table,” the 23-time capped ex-England international added.

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Nigel Martyn

Leeds hero Nigel Martyn won 23 caps for England (Image: GETTY)

“You know, you’re probably less likely to get results at Manchester City and Liverpool, so you’re just looking for performances from those games and then picking up points and confidence in the other games.

“There’s a big gulf between probably the top three or four and the rest. You can compete and try and have a go but what you try and gain from it is good performances and good individual performances that keeps the confidence going.”

Nigel Martyn was speaking at the launch of William Hill’s newly transformed, state-of-the-art shop on Vicar Lane, Leeds. This exciting, new digital shop also delivers innovations in player safety.

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