Leeds United made it three wins in five after defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Elland Road on Monday evening.

The Whites moved onto 32 points after 22 matches played, and leapfrogged Arsenal to go into the top ten.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are closer to the top of the table than they are the bottom, and are by far the best performing promoted side in the top-flight this season.

It appears that irrespective of their opposition in the Premier League, Leeds truly know only one way. Their tireless, in your face approach, is drilled home by every member of the XI. As a result, they’re deservedly looking up, not down the table.

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Harrison the handful

One player who’s taken to the league remarkably well is winger Jack Harrison. The 24-year-old is spending his third successive loan season in Yorkshire from Manchester City. He was yet to play in the Premier League before this season.

Harrison has registered six goals and two assists this season. He’s scored in each of the last three wins, coming against Leicester, Newcastle and Crystal Palace. Leeds have only lost one game in which he’s scored, the opening day 4-3 thriller at Anfield.

But how does he compare to some of his parent club’s wingers?

According to WyScout, Harrison is ranked the ninth-best lateral forward in the entire Premier League. This puts him better than Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden of leaders and parent club Manchester City.

Harrison’s goal involvements rank him higher than Mahrez. The Algerian has scored five and assisted two in the top-flight. Foden is level to his fellow countryman, with five goals and three assists.

He’s attempted the fifth-highest number of crosses in the league with 92 and is in the top 20 for attempted dribbles with 102. This, again, ranks him higher than Mahrez and Foden, who have both been deployed on the wing this season for City.

The winger has now played over 100 matches for Leeds United since his first spell in 2018. He is just one of several success stories of the Bielsa philosophy, which has given new life to what was a sleeping giant of English football.

He’s set to join permanently from Manchester City at the end of the season. Maybe Pep missed a trick?

In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan is wowed by this Whites player.


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