Neil Redfearn has praised Jack Harrison after Leeds United’s disgraceful final day performance against Tottenham Hotspur which confirmed the Whites’ relegation to the Championship.
Redfearn was speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after Leeds were beaten 4-1. It was a shameful showing from Sam Allardyce’s side. Thankfully, it meant absolutely nothing with Everton and Leicester City showing some guts and winning when they needed to.
It was a performance which summed up everything that has gone wrong for Leeds over the last two years. Glimpses of quality were not capitalised upon. And Leeds did not stop finding ways to shoot themselves in the foot.
Redfearn praises Harrison despite Leeds defeat
One player who showed some quality was Jack Harrison. The winger scored Leeds’ only goal, handing the side a lifeline in the second-half. Of course, Leeds conceded just after.
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Harrison is one of the only players who can hold his head up high this year. Consistency has been an issue once again. But the winger ends the season with six goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
And Neil Redfearn suggested that he was the best player on show for Leeds.
“He’s really evolved since he’s been at the club. He’s a proper goal threat now,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “We know that he can go past players and make assists.
“I thought he was Leeds’ stand out player today, there’s no two ways about it. I thought he showed moments of real quality in a performance that lacked quality really from Leeds. And he got his reward by getting the goal which he took really well.”
What was sad to see was that Harrison made sure to give all sides of the ground some applause as he left the field due to injury. It was a moment which stood out. It certainly looked like a player getting ready to say goodbye to Elland Road.
And who can blame him? Harrison is far too good for the Championship. As much as you would love him to stay, Leeds cannot expect the 26-year-old to stick around.
Ultimately, he is one of the only players we will be sad to see depart after everything he has done for the club.