Ex-manager suggests Harrison is in the red zone at Leeds

Alex McLeish has admitted Jack Harrison needed a “wee break” to get back to his best at Leeds United.

The former Rangers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old had played “too much” before being benched versus Aston Villa.

Harrison started all but once in the Whites’ opening 24 games of the campaign, having been ineligible against parent club Manchester City.

Notably, he was hooked at half-time twice in three games before being dropped by Marcelo Bielsa.

He has since featured off the bench against Villa and West Ham, although both games ended in defeat.

McLeish suggested while teammate Kalvin Phillips needed to play to regain his momentum, Harrison may have needed a break to get back up to speed.

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Asked if he thought Harrison was suffering from fatigue, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “That is for the sports science guys. If they are about to sense guys are getting in the red zone, I’m sure Leeds are on top of that.

“Harrison, you like to see people on top form. Sometimes, if you’re playing too much then again, it’s the opposite of Kalvin Phillips and what’s happened with him. Phillips has to get his momentum again.

“Harrison, sometimes you get a little bit fatigued and you need that wee break to get your legs again.” 

Harrison has scored six goals and contributed four assists in 26 Premier League games this season.

With the Manchester City loanee benched, Helder Costa has been handed a run of starts in his place.

In other news, Leeds United stance on signing Adama Traore from Wolves revealed by Football Insider.