Leeds’ flying start to their Championship campaign hit a slight bump in the road last Friday evening as they failed to break down Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side, although Bailey Peacock-Farrell in goal kept his third clean sheet of the season as the two clubs played out a 0-0 draw.
The game was not without chances though and Britt Assombalonga and Aden Flint will both be rueing their close range headers which failed to find the back of the net. For Leeds, Jack Harrison was one creative bright spark who looked as likely as anyone to break the deadlock with a goal or an assist.
The 21-year-old Manchester City loanee was signed by Pep Guardiola in January this year and spent the second half of last season on loan with Boro. However, Harrison was rarely given a chance by Pulis and the youngster was sent to Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa for the duration of the 2018/19 campaign.
The former New York City FC man has had to wait for chances under Bielsa but he certainly impressed against his former side on Friday, despite the stalemate, having replaced the injured Pablo Hernandez.
Harrison had two shots on target during the tie and one other that whistled just wide of Darren Randolph’s post, but it was his two key passes from the wide right position that started to show his true creative quality, showing glimpses of why City brought him over from Major League Soccer.
With two tackles and two interceptions, the youngster also proved against Middlesbrough that he has bought into Bielsa’s high-tempo and high pressure philosophy and should be firmly in contention for a regular starting spot under the Argentine boss.
His 70 per cent pass accuracy does show that he is still a raw talent and must work on his ball retention, but Harrison is starting to become one of an ever growing group of exciting English talent and he is currently in the best possible place to develop even further.
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