Leeds United put in another dominant and solid display on Saturday afternoon as they managed to overcome the challenge of Wigan Athletic with relative ease.
The hosts were reduced to ten men within the first 20 minutes of the game; however, the visitors were able to deal with it a lot better than they were able to back in April. That particular fixture at Elland Road last season – whereby the Latics had a player sent off inside the opening 15 minutes – appeared to send Marcelo Bielsa’s side into a downward spiral and seemingly had a huge impact on their promotion aspirations that year (The Telegraph).
Patrick Bamford ensured that a repeat would not happen as he managed to hit a brace for the Whites, which in turn meant that they would be spending the weekend sitting at the top of the Championship table.
Now, it would not have been a surprise and perhaps quite rightly, if the striker was the man to take the plaudits and the credit for ensuring they got all three points from the game. However, sometimes one individual can go rather quietly about his business and still impress whilst being under the radar.
Jack Harrison is one such player that appears to be doing that as each game goes by as he looks more comfortable as he picks up the minutes on the pitch.
The Manchester City loanee has become an integral part of Bielsa’s side in his second spell with the club as he played the full 90 minutes and appears to be one of the first names on the team sheet for the club so far in the new season.
Leeds Live did not appear to be particularly impressed with what the young winger brought to the table this weekend though, as they scored him a rather average six out of ten as they wrote: “Linked up well with Douglas down the left hand side and looks increasingly like a nuisance for opposition defenders going forward. End product still occasionally lacking.”
However, WhoScored’s data of the game against Wigan on Saturday appeared to put Harrison in a new light as they documented just how good of a performance he had against the Latics and how influential he truly was in the game.
The 22-year-old had three shots at goal, completed three dribble attempts and won Leeds three fouls. However, his contribution in terms of passing the ball was what really stood out as he managed to provide four key passes to his team-mates throughout the 90 minutes.
Admittedly, the end product is, perhaps, a little lacking and it would be great to see him improve that aspect of his game – he did only manage to provide four assists in 42 matches for the Whites last season (Transfermarkt) and is yet to open his account so far this term in the creativity department.
However, whilst Harrison is clearly not the finished article, he appears to be continuing to improve with every opportunity he gets on the pitch and it would seem his performance against Wigan did not quite get the recognition it possibly deserved.
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