Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa took the unusual step of naming his starting XI on Friday for the FA Cup third round clash against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road 48 hours later, and he had some interesting comments about Jack Harrison.
Well, with Kemar Roofe set to be rested, Tyler Roberts set to play in the No.10 role and Patrick Bamford not yet ready to start after injury, Bielsa confirmed that Harrison would start in what is an unfamiliar centre-forward role, given he usually operates on the wing.
According to quotes via Leeds Live, the 63-year-old said: “Harrison will play as No 9, Clarke on the right and Alioski on the left.
“As Patrick Bamford is not present I’m interested in seeing Harrison as a No 9. In the time he played in this position he scored a goal.
“The fact that he scored a goal doesn’t mean anything but it’s a possibility we would like to develop.”
Bielsa obviously sees some potential in the 22-year-old as a striker through the middle, and it could well give the Argentine manager another viable option there in the second-half of the campaign if the experiment goes well.
The on-loan Manchester City wide man actually found the net when he was played as a centre-forward on one occasion against Millwall earlier this season, and Bielsa will be hoping that he can make a similar impact when QPR host them on Sunday.
Harrison has found first-team starts hard to come by with Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez usually preferred ahead of him out on the flanks, while he faces further competition from Jack Clarke who is continuing to make an impact when he is on the field.
It remains to be seen whether Bielsa will be proved right with his inkling this weekend, or whether the trial goes completely the other way.
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