By Saikat Mandal

18th Jan, 2023 | 10:05pm

ITV pundit blown away by 'world-class' Jack Harrison in Leeds United win v Cardiff City

Robbie Earnshaw has been left stunned by the performance of Jack Harrison as Leeds United secured their passage to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Cardiff City.

The Whites drew 2-2 in the away game and they were forced to play a replay. Jesse Marsch’s side produced a vintage performance on Wednesday (18 January) at Elland Road, and won 5-2 against Cardiff.

Harrison was superb during the game and Earnshaw hailed him as “world-class” on ITV 4 (08:41 pm) after the Englishman delivered an outrageous pass for Rodrigo’s second goal.

“This is exquisite. We’re talking about the first goal but that pass [by Harrison] is world, world-class. I don’t think you can have double world-class but this is. It’s a bad first touch actually [by Rodrigo] but he doesn’t panic and it’s a good finish,” said Earnshaw on ITV.

Player reborn

The 26-year-old appears to be a player reborn in recent weeks under Marsch. 

After the world cup break, Marsch didn’t use him regularly which led to many speculating whether Harrison is gradually losing his position in the side. 

However, Marsch had other plans. 

The rise of Willy Gnonto has given him plenty of options, in terms of tweaking his tactics. He has changed Harrison’s role on the side, and it has worked wonders. 

Previously Harrison used to hug the touchline and help the full-backs out. He used to drift wide and made crosses, thereby becoming very predictable. 

In a new positional switch, Harrison does give the impression that he is playing on the wings, but he drifts more centrally and picks out killer passes using the pace and movement of both Gnonto and Rodrigo. 

The best example is the second goal of the game. The moment he got the ball, he wanted to free Rodrigo into the box, but it needed a perfect execution which he did with great precision. 

Marsch will be very pleased with the effort, but most importantly he will be happy to see Patrick Bamford scoring twice after coming from the bench. 

In other Leeds United news, we’ve been exclusively informed about a group of senior Leeds players telling the board they want Jesse Marsch to be sacked.