Heading into Leeds’ titanic Premier League clash against Liverpool on Monday night, the one major concern Marcelo Bielsa has surrounds the fitness of Raphinha.
The Brazilian has been the shining light of the Whites’ Premier League campaign thus far, scoring six goals and providing a further six assists in his debut season in English football.
The winger was forced off towards the end of Leeds’ historic 2-1 win over Manchester City, and there remain doubts over whether he will make it back in time for the game against the Reds at Elland Road.
If Raphinha is out, then Bielsa must turn to Jack Harrison.
The English ace missed out the win against his parent club City last week due to the terms of his loan agreement, but must surely be in contention to come straight back in against Liverpool.
Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has waxed lyrical about what Harrison brings to the table, and insisted that he’s become a key figure under Bielsa.
He said: “I think the player he has developed into, not just on the field, but his stature and physical fitness, I think he’s becoming an all-round key component of this Bielsa side.
“I like Jack, he’s got a lot of talent, he’s got speed, he’s direct, scores goals, creates goals and for that price tag, I think it’s an absolute no-brainer. They have to make that signing.”
Robinson added that the £40k-a-week earning Harrison “creates, he scores, (and) he offers Leeds something else”, and has been one of Leeds’ most prolific campaigners this season with seven goals and five assists in 29 Premier League games for the club.
In fact, only Patrick Bamford has scored more than him, while only Raphinha and Leeds’ number nine is ahead of him in the assists charts.
Dubbed as “under-rated” by pundit Adrian Clarke, Harrison has fond memories of playing Liverpool already this season, having been the scorer of a wonderful individual goal in the reverse fixture at Anfield.
The winger will fancy his chances of doing something similar at Elland Road tonight, and will be keen to try and be involved himself in another major Leeds scalp.
As Robinson says, Harrison “offers something else” and could well be Bielsa’s game-changer when Liverpool come to town.