After a disastrous defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping for an immediate reaction when his side take on Arsenal at the weekend.
The Whites fell to a 7-0 thrashing at the Etihad, and the Leeds manager admitted that his team “have never played so badly in these four years.”
Bielsa could be tempted to make some big changes against the Gunners even with the current injury crisis, and one man who he should seriously consider axing is Jack Harrison.
The winger finally signed on a permanent deal in the summer, and while it would be far too easy to suggest his performances have slipped off as a result of signing on the dotted line, he certainly hasn’t shown anywhere near enough this season.
In fact, in the 14 Premier League games that he has played this season, he is yet to score a single goal, while he has only provided one assist.
With the likes of Raphinha and Patrick Bamford having spells out on the sidelines due to injury at different points of the season, Harrison had the perfect opportunity to grasp the mantle and lead from the front.
Instead, the former City ace has been a shadow of his former self, and it appears he is really struggling for one thing in particular.
Speaking in late October, former Scotland boss Alex McLeish said: “I would put it down to confidence. No player wants to go out and not perform. Maybe he’s trying too hard.
“That is a real killer in any sport, when an individual loses confidence. Him and Leeds are going through a bad run. Leeds have lost that wee bit, last year they were winning one week, the next week losing.”
With Arsenal on the horizon, and coming off the back of a woeful defeat, Bielsa could spark some life into this Leeds team by making some big calls, starting with Harrison.
The £13.5m-rated star could do with being taken out of the firing line.