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Leeds winger Jack Harrison is having a negative impact this term

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It may now almost be a week on from Leeds’ disappointing draw with Derby but there must still be a feeling of what if.

What if Patrick Bamford hadn’t hit the post? What if Mateusz Klich hadn’t missed his penalty?

The answers to those questions would surely have been a Leeds win. They dominated Derby and had over 60% of the possession but conceded late on to Chris Martin.

Whether that finally provokes a change in Marcelo Bielsa’s team selection remains to be seen but one player that should be sweating is Jack Harrison.

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The short story is that the Manchester City loanee desperately needs to improve if Leeds are going to create enough genuine goal-scoring chances.

Harrison has only scored once this season and that came on the opening weekend. Since then his displays have dwindled and are beginning to become somewhat of a concern, especially with Helder Costa watching on from the bench.

The Portuguese could command a fee of £15m next summer but he’s yet to be used from the start in the Championship.

He has claimed 14 assists in two terms in this division which is more than the 22-year-old who only has three to date.

The 5 foot 9 winger has incredibly low numbers and his inability to find another teammate is proving to be harmful.

Remarkably, Harrison has managed to complete just one accurate cross all season, something that happened against Nottingham Forest.

He attempted five last Saturday but none came to anything, something that rather sums up his season.

To show how damning that first statistic is, he’s attempted 31 crosses in 2019/20 according to WhoScored.

SofaScore provides a similarly damning stat – he has only provided one big chance.

When it comes to his overall contribution to the team it’s lacking in terms of quality. His pass success rate is poor and he fails to create anywhere close to the level of chances he should.

Some might say that isn’t necessary for a team that boasts Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez who registered 21 assists between them last season.

However, when you fail to win a game that you dominate, as the Whites did against Derby, it’s contributions from players like Harrison that are brought to the attention.

If the wide man can’t find a way to improve his end product and crossing ability, he may be forced to watch on from the sidelines.

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