Barry Douglas has praised Leeds Untied teammate Jack Harrison for the form he’s shown so far this season.
The 22-year-old winger has started all five league games so far and has helped the Whites sit top of the Championship table in the early stage of the campaign.
But he did miss a crucial penalty for the Yorkshire club on Tuesday night in a shootout, which ultimately meant they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup second round by Stoke City.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team were 2-0 down after the first-half at home to Stoke in the cup, but three half-time changes sparked a revival and it finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Harrison was one of the substitutes that helped the comeback, with Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa both scoring for the hosts.
He then went on to miss the decisive spot-kick as it struck the post, but Douglas was quick to hail him for his form so far this campaign,
“Jack is a bit gutted [after his penalty miss], but look at how he’s been all season. He’s started on fire and even today when he come on he’s got everyone on the edge of their seats,” Douglas told LUTV.
“It’s a learning curve for him, I’m sure it won’t be the last penalty he will hit so you need to just forget about it now and concentrate to start getting back to what he’s doing in terrorising defences.”
It seems like Leeds have a great team spirit within their group, as there was plenty of empathy shown towards Harrison after his penalty miss.
Aside from the failed penalty, he did make a positive contribution in the second-half and his immense work-rate in wide areas is why he’s a favourite of Bielsa.
The winger may not have the guile of Pablo Hernandez, but has a tireless engine and is positive with his dribbling when in possession.
Leeds can now quickly move on from a cup disappointment and focus on a promotion bid, as they face second-placed Swansea City at the weekend.