Alex McLeish has suggested Jack Harrison has got away with regularly “switching off” for Leeds United this season.
The former Premier League manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 24-year-old was finally caught out in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The winger failed to track Trent Alexander-Arnold following Diogo Jota’s cross-field pass as the Reds’ right-back set up Sadio Mane to score.
Harrison made amends for his defensive mistake by delivering the corner which saw Diego Llorente head home the equaliser.
The English attacker has been a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa this season, with 30 league appearances under his belt.
The only games he has missed have been against parent club Manchester City.
McLeish admitted Harrison was caught out for Liverpool’s goal.
He also suggested the winger may have lost focus in the past but had not been punished for it.
“He’s only human, unfortunately. He’s not a robot,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Even then, I think robots get it wrong. It was just a wee switch off and I’ve seen it in other great players over the last few weeks.
“It probably happens more than you see it but when it happens against a team of quality and against strikers like the Liverpool ones, that’s invariably when you get punished.
“We’ve seen it forever in great players. You think: ‘Wow, there is such-and-such, an England player who’s played for the national team, he switched off there.’ It happens.”
Harrison has netted seven goals and contributed six assists in the Premier League this term.
He now has 122 appearances under his belt for Leeds after three successive loan spells.