Leeds United’s Jack Harrison grateful for having worked with ‘two of the best’

Jack Harrison believes the two years’ grounding he has had with Marcelo Bielsa will serve him well wherever he plays next season – and after the form he was showing before football’s coronavirus suspension, Leeds United will be hoping it is there.

The 23-year-old winger is on a second season-long loan from Manchester City, and has started every Championship game since establishing himself in the side in December, 2018. Leeds have an £8m option to make the loan permanent.

City’s style of play is influenced heavily by the principles manager Pep Guardiola so admires in Bielsa’s teams.

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“I have a lot of admiration for both managers,” said left winger Harrison, outstanding in Leeds’ five straight wins before their enforced lay-off. “They have a very good reputation around the world and I’ve been lucky enough to work with both of them, even though with Pep it was only for a short amount of time.

Future unclear: Jack Harrison. Picture: Tony Johnson

“Working with Marcelo, I’ve learnt a lot, developed different parts of my game and improved. It has already prepared me for almost anything.”

When Harrison scored his fifth goal of 2019-20, against Birmingham City at Christmas, it bettered last season’s tally, and he has been credited with seven assists. He is thought to be keen to stay in West Yorkshire, but is too shrewd to slam the door on his parent club.

“It would be an exciting opportunity if I was to go back to Man City and work again with Pep Guardiola,” he said.

“What I’ve learnt with Marcelo I can take anywhere and if it is back there, it’s another great opportunity for me.

“I’ve learnt a lot over the last two years and I can take it wherever it may take me.”

If Leeds can win promotion in a resumed season, they will surely work hard to make sure it takes him back to Elland Road.