Jon Newsome has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 9/11; 21:49) that he would not be surprised if Jack Harrison was left out of the starting lineup when Leeds United take on Tottenham this weekend following his performance in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Harrison has had a poor time of things of late. His most recent goal and assist came in the win over Chelsea. And that was back in August.
It appeared ominous that he was taken off at the break at the weekend. And Jesse Marsch named the 25-year-old in a much-changed side for the Carabao Cup tie with Wolves, with Harrison starting.
Jack Harrison coming under pressure
Leeds were impressive at Molineux, with debutants Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins shining for the Whites. Unfortunately for Harrison, it proved to be another tough night.
The 25-year-old threatened to make things happen. However, when he got into good positions, he was often unable to capitalise. And, somewhat comically, he went on to take one of the worst free-kicks you will ever see in the second-half.
Harrison’s form is definitely a worry at this stage. Newsome did defend the winger for never hiding from getting onto the ball. He did however, predict that he will not be in the starting lineup in the final game before the World Cup.
“Very few players can play at such a high level constantly, week-in, week-out throughout their careers. So you’re going to have dips, you’re going to have lulls in form. And Jack’s having one of those at the moment,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“The thing I would point out is he never gave up. He still wanted the ball, he didn’t hide. And that shows mental strength and a willingness to want to work hard to get out of this little rut that he’s in.
“Yeah I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not in the starting 11 on Saturday.”
It would be no surprise to see Crysencio Summerville come back in in light of his recent heroics. Meanwhile, Willy Gnonto is definitely knocking on the door.
Rodrigo and Brenden Aaronson will surely start. And Sam Greenwood and Perkins will hope to make the match day squad.
Harrison has definitely got the quality to turn his fortunes around. But there is no question that his spot is now under serious pressure.