By Mark Smith

19th Jan, 2020 | 7:30pm

BBC pundit claims 23-year-old has given Leeds what they were 'crying out' for this season

Noel Whelan has claimed that Jack Harrison has given Leeds United the consistency they have been crying out for this season.

The 23-year-old has already beaten his goal involvement tally from last season in this campaign, scoring five and assisting six goals for the Whites.

Whelan couldn’t help but shower the Manchester City loanee in praise, despite a couple of disappointing performances lately in the Championship.

“We were crying out for more consistent performances and goals and assists – we’ve got that. We’re seeing a real player develop and blossom at Leeds this season,” the BBC pundit told Football Insider.

“He’s been exciting to watch, his work rate is there, his assist ratio is there, he’s chipping in with goals, he’s doing everything there, he’s ticking boxes we hoped he would.

“We’re really happy with the way that he’s performed this season so far.”

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Phil Hay has already revealed that Leeds would need to pay £8million to turn Harrison’s loan move into a permanent deal at the end of the season – something that is starting to look like a bargain.

The Whites have been impressed that much by Harrison that it was even suggested that they could spend that money even if we aren’t promoted this season – a big commitment in the Championship.

Either way, it shows that each piece of praise Harrison receives is more than justified and he will be vital in the final few months of this season.

In other Leeds United news, Micky Gray claims 18-goal forward is ‘exactly’ what Leeds need in promotion push