After falling to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League, Leeds will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night.
Marcelo Bielsa made some key changes to his starting line-up for the loss against the Villans, most notably dropping Jack Harrison from his starting line-up, and playing Helder Costa.
But, the Portuguese man’s woeful display warrants him being dropped from the team against the Hammers, and in his place, Bielsa must bring Harrison right back into the fold.
Speaking earlier this season, Harrison’s former teammate at New York City, Frank Lampard, waxed lyrical about the winger’s talents, saying: “An absolutely lovely lad. I’ve got so much time for Jack. I keep in touch with him. I actually spoke to him the other day. The player he’s developed into at Leeds has been really, really impressive.
“I think he’s playing great football. He’s a threat, two feet, quick, runs, high intensity and he’s one of their major players in an attacking sense. I’m delighted for him and how his career has gone of, of course we’ll want to sort of nullify that tomorrow. His career has gone in a great direction, and it will continue too.”
That ability to play at high-intensity Bielsa will surely be wanting from his side tonight, especially after such a disappointing loss last time out to Aston Villa.
And, when asked if he expected Harrison to be brought back into the starting line-up for the game against West Ham, Noel Whelan said: “Absolutely. Look, people are given an open door to come in and take your opportunity as Helder Costa was. I felt he deserved the opportunity. However, I was very, very disappointed once again with his contribution from the start to the time he came off.
“He didn’t take his opportunity, he didn’t take that chance. That’s disappointing because you want to give the manager a headache. On the other side of it, he’s made the manager’s decision, very, very easy.”
After being dropped from the starting line-up against Villa, the £17m-rated Harrison will surely be desperate to prove to his manager why that should never happen again when Leeds take on the Hammers on Monday night.
Bielsa should absolutely give him the opportunity to do just that, and he could well turn out to be the most motivated, and fresh Harrison that Leeds have all season. And that could well be a game-changer.