Jack Harrison wows Alan Smith on Sky Sports after assist in Leeds United 2-1 loss v Tottenham Hotspur
Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith was thrilled with Jack Harrison’s assist for Dan James on Sunday as Leeds United lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur.
Harrison, 25, was the supplier as James scored his the opener in North London, the Wales international’s first goal for the Whites.
However, the 24-year-old’s effort was in vain as Spurs hit back with two second-half goals through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Serio Reguilon.
Nevertheless, Smith was impressed by Harrison’s role in Leeds’ goal, as he shared on commentary duty for Sky Sports.
“It’s a lovely ball in,” the ex-Arsenal striker said. “Harrison, ducking inside, outmuscling him [Emerson Royal]. But what a ball this is, what a ball to take out two defenders at the far post.
“It’s brilliant wing play by Harrison. He has the time to look up, but having the time doesn’t necessarily mean you can play a ball as accurate as that in.
“But he does it, to perfection.”
Back on song?
It’s fair to say Harrison has not enjoyed the best of campaigns so far after making his Elland Road stay permanent during the summer.
After spending three seasons on loan from Manchester City, Harrison finally signed a long-term deal to become a fully-fledged Leeds player.
After eight goals and eight assists in 36 Premier League appearances last season, hopes were high for the English winger ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
However, before Sunday, Harrison had failed to register an assist in the league, while he is yet to score in the division either.
The first stat changed against Spurs, at least, and there were promising signs as he and James made attempts to cover for the huge loss of Raphinha, the Whites’ main outlet who was ruled out with illness.
Harrison will hope Saturday’s trip to Brighton will see him break his barren Premier League goalscoring run.
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