Jack Harrison says playing for Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa has been extraordinary.
Harrison, 24, joined the Whites on a season-long loan for a third time in the summer, with a view to make the deal permanent at the end of this campaign.
Speaking to TalkSport, the winger explained how different his boss’ approach is compared to what he’s experienced previously, under the likes of Patrick Vieria and Tony Pulis.
“I was really close with Patrick Vieira [at New York City FC]. He really took me under his wing as a player and I had quite a close relationship with the manager,” Harrison said.
“Then I came to Middlesbrough playing under Tony Pulis which is a completely different style of play. I was able to approach him and talk to him about things but I wasn’t playing at the time so it was a little bit different.
“Coming here to Leeds to Marcelo where you don’t get that approachability at all. He likes to keep his distance between players.
“I think I maybe struggled with that because I like to talk to the manager and maybe see different ways I can improve on and not having that was a little bit strange for me but over time I’ve learnt to adapt.
“Working under him has been extraordinary. I’ve learnt a lot in different ways.”
Harrison flourishing under Bielsa
Leeds are currently 12th in the Premier League at the halfway stage of the season. A very healthy return despite their inconsistencies in recent weeks.
Despite the winless run, one reliable performer for Bielsa has undoubtedly been Jack Harrison, who is flourishing in England’s top-flight.
The winger has a return of three goals and two assists thus far. It may not seem like a lot in 17 appearances, but Leeds’ number 22 is quietly performing well week in week out.
Harrison averages 5.68 dribbles per 90 [Wyscout], putting him ahead of Mo Salah. He also has the third-highest amount of ‘second assists’, behind only James Rodriguez and Tanguy Ndombele.
Harrison has put 88 crosses into the box, ranking him 5th highest in the entire division. His success rate is 35.23%, making him the best at Leeds United by some distance.
He’s clearly enjoying getting forward and instigating attacks for the Whites, another success story of the Marcelo Bielsa philosophy.
Yes, by their standards the Whites have hit a baren run as of late. But they’ll take great confidence at this stage of the season, as they’re comfortably above the relegation zone and haven’t changed their style of play.