Leeds United suffered yet another early exit from a domestic cup competition after they were beaten by West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side will have to do it all again next weekend when the two sides face each other in the Premier League and the Argentine head coach may want to reconsider his team selection.
Several of his key first-team stars badly let him down in the capital, amongst the few academy prospects that made the starting lineup.
Goals from Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen wrapped up the victory for the home side.
The Whites edged the possession but failed to convert their dominance with the ball, registering only two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes. Some of the fault must therefore lie with Bielsa’s attackers.
Jack Harrison was particularly underwhelming and he could not kick on from his strike against Burnley last weekend.
LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross slammed the 25-year-old and graded him as the visitors’ joint lowest-rated performer in his post-match ratings column.
‘The Leeds attack never seem to be firing for any length of time. Harrison among those who had little impact on the match. 4,’ he wrote.
Indeed, the £13.5m-rated dynamo struggled to assert any sort of influence in the final third – as per SofaScore, Harrison managed just one shot off target, whilst he managed only 45 touches – some six touches fewer than goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
Earning around £60k-per-week at Elland Road, you’d expect more from Harrison, especially considering he was one of the more experienced members of this attack.
He badly let Bielsa down on the day and his place is surely at risk heading into next weekend’s clash.