Jack Harrison was in the thick of the action as Leeds United trumped Sheffield United in the Yorkshire derby on Saturday, and his performance didn’t go unnoticed.
The Manchester City loanee scored the opener at Elland Road before his wicked delivery forced a Phil Jagielka own-goal to seal a 2-1 victory against the Blades.
His sensational display was lauded by ex-England midfielder Jermaine Jenas on BBC Match of the Day [03/04/21], who also paid tribute to his season as a whole.
“It’s been an impressive year, for his first season in the Premier League he’s really stood out in this Leeds side,” he said.
“The persistence and quality he shows…He gets himself into the right areas at the right times, he’s a key component to what [Marcelo] Bielsa wants to do.
“The drive and determination to get into the good areas…You’ll appreciate this Gaz [Gary Lineker], sometimes you just want your winger to put the ball into good areas, and with that quality he sticks in there it’s tough for Jagielka to deal with.
“We talk about quality, look at this for a pass, it’s just beautiful. The versatility that he’s shown all season, it’s been a great year for him and he’s been a top player for Leeds this year.”
Back on song
The 24-year-old was dropped from the Whites starting XI for a couple of games after being hauled off at half-time versus Southampton on February 23, but he has come roaring back.
Remarkably Saturday’s clash was only the second time this season that he had recorded two shots on target in a Premier League game and that contributed to his joint-best xG (1.05) of the season [Wyscout].
He touched the ball six times in the opposition penalty area – he has only touched it more once this season, against Aston Villa on October 23.
A total of three successful crosses was also his best return since January 2.
With Harrison on top form, in tandem with Raphinha on the other wing, Leeds are a match for any team, let alone the division’s basement boys.
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