Jack Harrison’s struggle to find his feet at Leeds United has arrived in tandem with a handful of reports linking the club with a move for Ibai Gomez, but a recent report suggest that they are set to miss out on the winger to Athletic Bilbao.
Indeed, a recent report from El Gol Digital suggests that Athletic Bilbao are on the brink of re-signing the 29-year-old in the coming days after impressing at Alaves since joining the club in 2016.
A recent report from AS (via Sports Witness) had hinted that Leeds were in the hunt for Gomez, but a reunion with Marcelo Bielsa looks incredibly unlikely at this stage.
Leeds may well turn their attention towards alternative targets to bolster their promotion bid, but Harrison’s form this month could yet be a determining factor in shaping their transfer strategy.
Harrison arrived at Elland Road on a season-long loan with glowing praise following him from Manchester to Yorkshire, with murmurs emerging from the Etihad Stadium hinting that he had the ability to thrive in the Championship.
But, despite his obvious technical quality, Harrison has failed to translate his ability into consistent performances and drawn plenty of criticism in the process.
However, barring a recent run of four league games without featuring in the league, Bielsa has largely stuck by Harrison and offered him plenty of opportunities to shine even when his form perhaps hasn’t justified an inclusion of any sort.
Clearly, for reasons which often elude the Whites faithful, Bielsa sees something in the 22-year-old, but with promotion on the line the Argentine may be forced to sign an alternative right-winger this month to ensure his squad is well stocked for the run in.
With just three games left between now and the end of January, Harrison has a make or break month ahead of him: a hat-trick of fine performances could be the difference between the arrival of a new winger or a more prominent role in the first-team squad for the remainder of the season.
It’s time for Harrison to build on his sporadic moments of quality and showcase the quality which Bielsa clearly sees in him.
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