Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds that he thought that Jack Harrison was brilliant after coming on for Leeds United during their dramatic draw with West Ham on Wednesday night.
Harrison has had a difficult time of late. His form had gone flat after an amazing start to the season led some to wonder whether he may be able to make himself a last-ditch, outside candidate for the World Cup squad.
He sustained an injury during the run of mid-season friendlies and only returned for the draw with Newcastle. Jesse Marsch however, left him on the bench for the game against the Hammers.
Redfearn lauds Jack Harrison after Leeds draw
Harrison was introduced during the second-half with Leeds 2-1 down. And he certainly managed to make an impact.
He set up Rodrigo for the equaliser with 20 minutes remaining. And there was one other outstanding pass into the path of the Spaniard while he was on the pitch. Rodrigo managed to force Lukasz Fabianski into a superb save.
And Redfearn has insisted that he was extremely impressed by what he saw from the 26-year-old following his introduction.
“Brilliant, I thought he was,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “To me, he was the difference, second-half, because he had a couple of assists. The second ball was a great spot to pick Rodrigo out. Rodrigo kept his composure to finish. And he’s played in a more central position. I think there’s more strings to Harrison’s bow, I do.”
Hopefully, Wednesday’s result sparks Harrison back into life this season. He scored one and provided three assists during the first three league games of the campaign.
However, he had not added to that tally up until last night. That is clearly not good enough for a player of his ability. And he now finds himself in a battle in the pecking order.
Crysencio Summerville has taken his opportunity with both hands. And Willy Gnonto has quickly become a fan favourite.
There is potentially scope for Harrison to play more centrally. Brenden Aaronson has been poor since the World Cup. And he will surely be in danger of losing his place.
If everything clicks for Harrison, he is potentially the best player in the squad. And that would clearly be a game-changer for Marsch’s men with another relegation battle potentially on the cards.