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Leeds star Jack Harrison has answered Noel Whelan’s pre-season challenge

Jack Harrison returned to Leeds United in the summer for a second spell on loan at the club from Manchester City and his second season at Elland Road has been a big improvement.

The winger finished the 2018/19 campaign with four goals and four assists in 42 appearances for the Whites, but never really found any consistency.

He rejoined Leeds for another loan and the Championship outfit have the option of making the deal permanent at the end of this season (official website), with the Manchester Evening News stating he could leave the Etihad Stadium for £8million.

Noel Whelan, who is a pundit and ex-Leeds forward, put down the challenge in pre-season for Harrison to make improvements in his game.

“He’s got to have an exceptional season if we are to part money for him. His assist ratio has got to be better, he’s got to put the chances he gets away. Got to hit the back of the net more,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds in July 2019.

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“He squandered a lot of good chances. He’s got to tick more boxes [if Leeds are to sign him permanently].”

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Harrison has responded emphatically this campaign with the level of his performances and has shown that £8million could be a steal for him in the summer.

The left-winger has made himself a permanent fixture in Marcelo Bielsa’s XI down the flank and he brings so much energy to the team going forward and also tracking back.

But there have crucially been improvements to his final ball and the 23-year-old has played a big role in helping Leeds sit top of the Championship.

The dazzling wide player has five goals and seven assists so far this campaign in the Championship to highlight his growing influence.

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