Leeds United failed to pick up their third Premier League win of the season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester on Sunday.
Harvey Barnes’ quick reply after Raphinha’s opener secured a point for the Foxes as Leeds were unable to record back-to-back wins after their 2-1 victory over Norwich last weekend.
The point does mean that Leeds now sit 15th in the Premier League table heading into the final international break of 2021, with 11 points from 11 games.
One worrying trend, however, that continued against Leicester was the poor form of left winger Jack Harrison, as he put in a disappointing display.
Per SofaScore, he lost a whopping 12 of his 18 duels on the pitch throughout the game as he also surrendered possession of the ball 24 times. The winger failed with six of his ten attempted dribbles and missed a big chance in front of goal as he continues to wait for his first Premier League goal of the season.
Harrison has not contributed with a single strike or assist in the top-flight this term, despite starting eight matches for the Whites. He has averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.48 and lost 68% of his duels over the course of the campaign, highlighting how much he is currently struggling.
At the end of last month, Bielsa admitted that he cannot praise Harrison for his performances this season, but did explain why it is difficult for the ex-Manchester City man. He told Leeds Live:
“You ask me a question where you know that I can’t praise his performances up until now. But what’s happening to Harrison is happening to all our players in the squad where they have better or worse moments and nobody is able to maintain a regular consistency in their performances especially when they are playing in attack.”
This shows that Bielsa is fully aware of the £15k-per-week lightweight’s poor form, but is seemingly hoping that he is able to turn it around in the coming weeks. However, the signs are not getting any better for Harrison, with his showing against Leicester lacking in strength and quality.
Therefore, Bielsa should drop Harrison from the XI after the international break and give others a chance to stake their claim. A spell on the bench could allow the forward to recharge and prepare himself to come back fighting for his place.