MOT View: Much criticised Leeds 22y/o coming good just when it matters
Leeds winger Jack Harrison has come in for some stick from the fans this season. And last season come to that.
Some of it has been justified. He’s got bags of talent but was only showing in bursts what we know he’s capable of.
Misplaced crosses, aimless runs… the upshot in the first nine games of the season was that he hadn’t provided any assists.
In the first game of the season the 22-year-old put in five crosses with 0% accuracy and he did the same again in the third game against Wigan.
Since then, across four games he put in 16 crosses without finding a Leeds man.
However, to be fair to Harrison, he’s kept plugging away. And he seems to have turned a corner.
Against West Brom he was successful with both his crosses. Against Millwall, he completed three from five and then three from eight against Preston.
Credit where credit’s due. Harrison has now set-up the last four goals that Leeds have scored. (We’re giving him the one against West Brom, even though some may give the goal to Kyle Bartley and the assist to Ezgjan Alioski.)
Two of the four assists were from crosses. The first fizzed across the Millwall six-yard box and the second a ball he hung up for Eddie Nketiah to attack in the game against Preston.
The rest of the Leeds attackers need to step up now – Helder Costa in particular. We had said Harrison might be the first casualty if Bielsa made changes. That’s not the case anymore. Leeds are struggling for goals but Harrison is doing his bit and hitting form just when it matters.
In other Leeds news, Holloway has got it all wrong in column about Nketiah