Jack Harrison came off the bench and produced his first goal involvement since August for Leeds United as Rodrigo equalised against West Ham – and both Paul Robinson and Michael Brown said that the attacker “made the difference”.
Harrison, 26, produced four goal involvements in his first three Premier League games. A goal and three assists. But since then, the ex-Manchester City man has failed to score or assist. It has seen him lose his place in the Leeds side.
Leeds opened the scoring. Willy Gnonto’s first for the club, a gorgeous pass from Crysencio Summerville allowing the Italian to smash a half-volley into the net. But Leeds capitulated. Lucas Paqueta scored a penalty before the break.
Then, a mix-up at the back saw Gianluca Scamacca curl an effort off the post and into the net. Harrison came off the bench and fed Rodrigo, the Spaniard netting his tenth Premier League goal of the campaign. Harrison was superb.
He might have had a second assist during his cameo, feeding Rodrigo again – who lashed an effort at goal. Tipped over by Lukasz Fabianski. Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson, and former Whites midfielder Brown, had their say on him.
Robinson said, while commentating on Optus Sport: “Harrison has made the difference since he come on. Really forward-thinking, some excellent passes in the final third.” Brown said, to BBC Live: “Harrison has made the difference.”
Robinson and Brown say Harrison made the difference for Leeds
It gives Marsch a selection headache. Given he came off the bench, you would expect Harrison to start for Leeds on the weekend against Championship side Cardiff. But when Leeds take on Aston Villa next Friday, should he start?
Perhaps, Harrison just needed a break from starting week in, week out. Now he has had that, he came off the bench and looked like the best version of Harrison. Hopefully, if he does start against Villa, he can begin to show consistency.