Tony Pulis has heaped praise on Jack Harrison ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Middlesbrough. But could the on-loan Manchester City star come back to haunt Boro?
Harrison, 22, played four times for Pulis after the ex-Stoke City manager lured him to Riverside on loan. He returned to City in the summer, before signing on at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa and Pulis take to the dugout on Saturday afternoon, with both sides looking to gain a crucial three points in the race for promotion. Leeds come into the match having lost four of their last six.
El Loco has brought back the fashion of naming teams in his pre-match press conference, and stated that Harrison would start against his old side. So could he haunt Boro? Certainly, Pulis is wary.
“There is a thing in football about old players coming back to haunt you and they want to make a mark so we will have to be wary of that,” Pulis said about Harrison, as quoted by Gazette Live.
Harrison has been somewhat indifferent. Scoring two goals and creating two more in 24 games, he has hardly has the kind of impact he will have wanted. However, he can produce that winning moment in games.
Indeed, his goal against Millwall earned Leeds a late point, whilst also scoring in the 2-0 Spygate win over Derby. His defence-splitting pass to Mateusz Klich saw Leeds finally make the breakthrough against Rotherham.
He does have the ability, though inconsistent. Perhaps against Middlesbrough, Harrison will have the bit between his teeth and put the Teesside club to the sword.