By Craig Scott

13th Nov, 2021 | 6:00am

Jack Harrison 'wildly out of form' at Leeds United - Phil Hay

Phil Hay is baffled by Jack Harrison with the Leeds United “wildly out of form” in the Premier League this season.

Harrison, 24, has struggled for Leeds since signing permanently from Manchester City in the summer.

He’s failed to contribute with a goal or an assist in nine Premier appearances this season and was guilty of missing an open goal in the 1-1 draw with Leicester on Sunday.

While there have been reports about Harrison playing with a rib injury, The Athletic journalist Hay is struggling to work out why he’s playing so badly.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast, the reporter said: “It’s very hard to work out what’s going on with Jack Harrison at the moment because he is wildly out of form.

“There’s so much effort coming from him, that’s the thing. I’m not looking at him and saying he’s hiding or not trying, or he’s not putting it in.

“He’s certainly not [hiding] in these performances at all but the technical side of it just isn’t coming for him and I sort of thought that if one player needed a chance from a yard out, it was definitely him. Just for him to stick it away and feel a rush of adrenaline.

“Him missing that [chance versus Leicester] kind of summed it up.”

Needs to be dropped

Whether Harrison needs time out to revitalise his form or rest up and recover properly from his rib injury, the summer signing needs to have a break from playing.

He may benefit a lot from this international break and could look better by the time we play against Tottenham next Sunday.

However, Patrick Bamford’s edging closer to a return from his ankle injury and when you look at Marcelo Bielsa’s attack, Harrison is top of the list when it comes to who’s going to be dropped.

Rodrigo’s getting better each week, Daniel James cost a bomb in the summer and is also improving while Raphinha is obviously undroppable.

Harrison’s performances have been consistent this season – but not in the way you’d want them to be consistent.

As Hay says, we’re not doubting his effort and work ethic, it’s just that there are too many runs where he takes the ball into a dead-end, too many wayward crosses and too many botched shots at goal.

Harrison needs some time out.

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