Frank Lampard was absolutely spot on in 2016 when he predicted Leeds United winger Jack Harrison would have a “huge career” in football.

Harrison played alongside Lampard at MLS outfit New York City before he joined Manchester City on a permanent basis in 2018.

Since that move, the 24-year-old winger has come on leaps and bounds in his three seasons on loan at Leeds under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa.

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Lampard was asked about Harrison when he played with him in the Big Apple.

In 2016, the now-Chelsea manager was quoted by MLS Multiplex as saying: “[Harrison] came into the team midway through the season due to injury and completely changed things for us with brilliant pace, energy and skill on the wing for us. I think Jack’s got a huge career in the game.”

Leeds face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and ahead of the Premier League showdown, Lampard was asked about his former team-mate Harrison.

And his works in 2020 pretty much echo what he said four years ago at New York City.

“A lovely lad, I spoke to him the other day,” said Lampard ahead of Leeds’ trip to London, as quoted by the Metro. “But the player he has developed into, he’s one of their major players in an attacking sense. His career has gone in a great direction and will continue to.”

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Now, Lampard might not be the most popular of current Premier League managers among Leeds supporters after the whole Spygate affair and the fact Derby, his former club, beat the Whites in the 2019 Championship play-off semi-finals.

But it’s hard to ignore the fact he was correct about Harrison.

Not only did the £15,000-a-week [Spotrac] winger have a major role in helping United win promotion to the Premier League, but he’s also started to shine brightly in England’s top-flight.

According to stats by WyScout, the Elland Road loan star ranks 11th in Europe’s top-five leagues for expected assists [2.98]. Only Jack Grealish [3.34] ranks higher than him in the Premier League.

He also ranks fourth in the Premier League this season for crosses [42] and fifth for cross accuracy [38.1%].

Patrick Bamford has had more shots at goal than any other player in England’s top-flight this term [38] and Harrison’s ability to supply him with those shots is why he’s one of the best Premier League left-wingers so far.

Four years ago, Lampard called Harrison to have a “huge career”.

If he keeps on playing like this then surely an England call-up is in the offing if Lampard is right in his most recent interview where he says the winger will continue to go in a “great direction”.

In other Leeds United news, fans are blown away by this “excellent” official contract update from the club.


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