Jack Harrison has to stop going missing for games at a time
Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping that Jack Harrison can find his form again when Leeds United face Fulham on Friday evening.
The winger, 24, has started 25 Premier League games this season for the Whites. In what is his first year in the top-flight, he’s returned six goals and two assists.
Harrison is clearly capable of playing at this level. He’s lightning-quick with two good feet, and has the ability to pass players with ease. Despite this, he’s had a couple of barren runs this season, and is currently in another.
After scoring three in four games over the Christmas period, the winger has now gone six games without a goal or an assist. In that time, the Whites have lost four games and won just once, slipping to 12th in the table.
Harrison had a similar spell earlier in the season. Between October 19th and December 12th, he went eight matches without a goal involvement, whilst Leeds lost five games and won just twice. It’s a definite concern for Bielsa, and when you look into it, the stats are rather alarming.
The winger has registered just one attempt at goal in his last five Leeds appearances. Prior to this, he went 11 Premier League games in a row having at least one shot at goal. For some reason, he’s just stopped shooting.
The number 22 is usually quite keen to test the opposing keeper. He’s been accurate with 40.6% of his total efforts on goal in the Premier League [WyScout].
Harrison had similar spells in the Championship last season, too. Between the 10th August and the 28th September 2019, he went 10 games without scoring or assisting. In that same campaign, he went another 12 league games firing blanks from the new year to February 29th.
Bielsa will be hoping his man can find the target soon, there is no doubting his influence when he’s in the mood. Aside from the opening day at Anfield, Leeds are yet to lose a game in which Harrison has scored or assisted.
Without his goals and assists, the Whites would be on 32 points this season, leaving them 15th in the table. They’d still be six clear of Fulham in 18th, though.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has an update on the future of Tyler Roberts.