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Noel Whelan lauds Leeds winger Jack Harrison

Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 28/1; 21:55) that Jack Harrison has become a leader amongst the Leeds United side after the winger produced an excellent second-half display in the Whites’ dramatic win over Millwall.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side returned to the Championship on Tuesday night. But in quite typical Leeds fashion, they did not make it easy for themselves.

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The Whites were 2-0 down at half-time despite producing some decent football during the first 45 minutes at Elland Road. And with the club still awaiting their first win of the calendar year, it appeared that another huge dent was going to be put in their promotion push.

However, the home side were outstanding after the interval. They were leading 3-2 by the midway point in the second-half.

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He may not have scored or provided an assist on this occasion, but Harrison was excellent in the comeback. The winger, along with Gjanni Alioski, caused plenty of problems down Millwall’s right flank.

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Whoscored.com shows that Harrison completed three successful dribbles, four successful challenges, and four key passes. No player on the pitch made more key passes than the 23-year-old.

And after the full-time whistle, Whelan heaped praise on Harrison for the transformation that he has enjoyed during his second spell at Elland Road.

“I’ve been really impressed with him,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “I think it was the QPR game where it was actually him that triggered everything. We looked flat, but he kept going and going. And he looked like a leader out there. He’s really fitting in to the player that we knew we had.

“Harrison, for me, has been a revelation this season, he really has. I’m loving the work-rate, I’m loving the skill that he provides. Very, very clever player. I love the quickness of his feet. And it looks like he’s actually now settled into this Leeds United team.”

Remarkably, Harrison has already eclipsed his goals and assists tallies from last season. He had a direct hand in seven strikes last season, scoring four and contributing three assists.

This term however, he has scored five and set up six. Only Patrick Bamford has had a direct hand in more goals this season.

Harrison came in for a lot of criticism last year. In fairness, there did only seem to be glimpses of his quality throughout the campaign.

This year however, the Manchester City loanee has become a fan favourite, completely vindicating Bielsa’s faith in him. And, as Whelan notes, he has transformed himself into a key player for the promotion-chasers.

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