Robbie Earnshaw suggested on ITV (broadcast on 18/1; 20:42) that the assist from Jack Harrison for Rodrigo’s goal in Leeds United’s FA Cup win over Cardiff may have actually been better than Willy Gnonto’s stunning finish which broke the deadlock.
Jesse Marsch could have hardly asked for a better first-half at Elland Road. Leeds went into the break 3-0 up against the Bluebirds to put more than one foot in the fourth round of the competition.
It all started inside the first 30 seconds. Gnonto was found at the back post by Rodrigo. And the Italian channelled his inner-Paolo Di Canio with an amazing scissor kick volley to open the scoring.
Earnshaw amazed by Harrison assist
It was yet another moment of magic from the 19-year-old. Earnshaw suggested that it was world-class. But it seems that one of Gnonto’s teammates may have impressed the retired striker even more.
Leeds doubled the lead through Rodrigo. The Spaniard failed to beat Jak Alnwick from the penalty spot in the first game. But he took him out of equation by taking the ball round him before finding the back of the net.
However, the chance came about after the most delicious pass from Harrison. The winger got himself into the half-space and curled a sumptuous ball beyond the last defender and into Rodrigo’s path.
And Earnshaw suggested that the pass was even more impressive than the strike from Gnonto earlier in the game.
“This is exquisite. We talk about the first goal, the finish. But that pass is world, world-class. I don’t know if you can have double world-class. But this is it,” he told ITV.
Harrison is under some pressure now. Leeds actually have real depth in the final third at long last. The likes of Patrick Bamford, Luis Sinisterra and Georginio Rutter will have their sights set on starting games soon.
Harrison started the season brilliantly. However, he went off the boil before the turn of the year. And the emergence of Gnonto and Crysencio Summerville saw him fall down the pecking order.
But when he is on form, few players possess the same kind of quality as the 26-year-old – as he showed on Wednesday.