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Leeds: Jack Harrison failed Jesse Marsch once again v Bournemouth

Leeds United took part in a spectacular Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon, with Jesse Marsch’s side coming from two goals down to seal a breathless 4-3 win over AFC Bournemouth.

The Whites could not have hoped for a better start, with Marcos Senesi bringing down the electric Crysencio Summerville in the box with just three minutes on the clock, before Rodrigo sent Mark Travers the wrong way from the spot to give the home side the lead.

However, the Cherries fought back in astonishing fashion, with Marcus Tavernier drawing the visitors level just four minutes later, before Philip Billing fired Gary O’Neil’s side ahead on the 19-minute mark, with Bournemouth going on to dominate the remainder of the first 45.

When Dominic Solanke made it 3-1 shortly after the break, Leeds supporters would have been forgiven for thinking their side were staring down the barrel of a fifth defeat in six matches.

This was not to be the case, with second-half substitute Sam Greenwood curling a beauty beyond Travers with an hour gone, before Greenwood turned provider for the equaliser, with Liam Cooper heading home the 20-year-old’s corner with 20 minutes left to play.

Leeds were not finished there, with another of Marsch’s second-half substitutes in Wilfried Gnonto bursting forwards and playing in Summerville. Just like at Anfield last weekend, the Dutchman proved to be the Whites’ match-winner, with the winger coolly slotting home in the 84th minute to seal a comeback which will live long in the memory.

However, despite the thrilling victory, Marsch will nevertheless be disappointed with a number of his players’ performances in the first half, with Marc Roca and Robin Koch both having games to forget against the Cherries.

It was yet again the display of Jack Harrison, though, which will be the manager’s biggest cause for concern from Saturday, with the winger once more failing to make any impact on the match whatsoever.

Indeed, over his 45 minutes on the pitch, the £23m-rated attacker offered the Whites very little going forwards, having 37 touches of the ball, completing just 19 of his 28 attempted passes (a 68% success rate) taking no shots at the Bournemouth goal and losing possession 13 times, meaning that the winger lost the ball with every 2.8 touches.

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These returns not only meant that the £60k-per-week wide man averaged a below-par SofaScore match rating of 6.8 but also saw him extend his run of games without a goal or assist to 10.

As such, with so much exciting attacking talent currently breaking into the first team, yet another disappointing display against Bournemouth will have done Harrison’s chances of retaining his spot in Marsch’s starting XI no good whatsoever, with the winger once again failing Marsch’s trust on Saturday afternoon.

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