Bielsa should use Douglas and Harrison together more often after impressive showing

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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United stepped back onto the pitch on Wednesday night. The Whites were in fine fettle as they hammered National League North side York City 5-0.

Jack Harrison netted a brace and got an assist in this match, but it was his link-up play with Barry Douglas that should be a point of interest for many United supporters.

Harrison’s performance

Last season the Man City loanee came under a lot of criticism from the fanbase, partly due to his poor number of goal contributions as he scored just four times and provided three assists.

Although Wednesday’s match was against inferior opposition the fact that he played a part in three goals is a promising sign.

His two strikes were very well taken, while his assist was a pinpoint cross into Kemar Roofe.

He looked much faster and much sharper than he did last term, but he was also allowed to get into better positions due to the work Douglas was doing down the left-flank.

Fantastic partnership

Fans were quick to point out the link-up play between the two left-footers, and it’s clear to see why.

A series of quick passing moves between the two saw Harrison get in behind several times.

Pablo Hernandez’s goal on 34 minutes was kickstarted by a move between Douglas and Harrison, while the left-back’s willingness to get forward allowed Harrison to move inside at times and grab himself a couple of goals.

For Harrison’s second, a long-range drive into the bottom corner, Douglas was making a run into the box which proved to be a distraction to York’s defenders, and allowed Harrison plenty of space to pick his spot.

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The two players showed an excellent understanding of one another’s styles as not only did they play some nice stuff between themselves, but their movement off the ball complemented what each man wanted to do with the ball.

This could be the beginning of a brilliant partnership which we see more of next season. Last term we saw the pair play just 782 minutes on the pitch together, but if Wednesday’s performance is anything to go by that number should be higher this term.