By Mark Smith

2nd Mar, 2021 | 4:10pm

Ben Parker: Jack Harrison has to prove himself yet again at Leeds

Ben Parker has insisted that Leeds United winger Jack Harrison will need to prove himself again after being dropped for the 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa.

Helder Costa came in for his first Premier League start since November after shining in his cameo display against Southampton the game before.

Parker claimed that Marcelo Bielsa’s decision will do Harrison the “world of good” and give him the motivation to push on once again after a poor patch of form.

Speaking on the LS11 podcast, Parker claimed that Harrison will need to earn his right to start again for the Whites this season.

“That’s what having a squad is all about,” he said.

“When you’re on the bench, you want to be given the chance to prove yourself and when you do, then you have earned that start.

“Competition for places is high, for Jack Harrison, it will do him the world of good because he’ll be thinking, I’m not guaranteed to start now.

“He’s going to have to prove himself.”

Harrison will have been majorly disappointed with this decision, although it certainly was justified given the different form of the pair.

The 24-year-old has started 24 games in the Premier League this season, with one added appearance off the bench, which came on Saturday in that Villa defeat.

Bielsa has transformed Harrison, and this has been his best season by far in his three years at Elland Road, with his permanent move set to be completed in the summer.

With Costa completely flopping against Villa, Harrison could come straight back in, and he will be a different animal having been handed the ultimate reminder by Bielsa, time to show it.

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