By Kealan Hughes

31st Mar, 2021 | 10:30pm

Jack Harrison admits he struggled with fitness and consulted a psychologist for help

Leeds United star Jack Harrison detailed his recent troubles with fitness and shared how he attempted to solve those issues.

The left-winger admitted he has gone through a rough patch recently – his output in front of goal has taken a dip with zero goals and one assist in his last seven games.

Harrison points to fatigue as the key factor behind that, and stated he sought out a psychologist to help him get over the blip.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said, “I think I kind of hit a little bit of a rough patch mentally and physically, maybe just a little bit exhausted but I feel refreshed now.

“I was getting quite frustrated because I was doing everything I could to feel good in games…but whatever I was trying wasn’t working.

“[I’ve been] changing my mentality and I’ve been working with a psychologist who does neuro-linguistic programming and so I was just trying to change my mindset and my perspective on a couple of things.

“The mental side of things in the game has become massive.”

Mature approach

There is no doubt that Harrison has not been at the top of his game in recent weeks but it is great to see he is being proactive in trying to remedy things.

He has been brilliant at times this season so we can accept a little dip in form.

The international break should have done him the world of good and hopefully he comes back re-energised for the match against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Consulting a psychologist shows a degree of professionalism but it also hints at a strong mindset.

Many players would try and fix things on their own but Harrison realises that outside help could allow him to view things from a different perspective.

Because of that he may now be able to try different recovery methods he otherwise would not have known about.

He is a player who is constantly improving having come a long way since his first loan spell with us.

As a result, we back his decision-making because of that and have confidence that he will return to his best form.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites paid a registration fee for a 27-year-old according to latest FA report.