By Kevin Phillips

2nd Oct, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Huge' - Exclusive: Phillips reacts to early Leeds team news ahead of Man City

Kevin Phillips admits that the absence of Jack Harrison will be a “huge loss” for Leeds United when they take on Manchester City on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and West Brom striker insists the 23-year-old has been one of the Whites’ top performers since their return to the Premier League.

Speaking at his press conference, as relayed by Phil Hay, Bielsa confirmed that Ezgjan Alioski is set to take Harrison’s place in the starting XI as the City loanee is ineligible to play against his parent side.

Phillips admits that he thinks the English winger has been one of the standout performers for the Whites in their early games and insists he will be sorely missed by Bielsa.

Asked how big a miss Harrison would be on Saturday, Phillips told Football Insider: “Huge loss, a huge loss. Great result, wasn’t it, for them at the weekend away to Sheffield United.

“He’s been good, he’s been consistent and it doesn’t matter what team it is, when you lose arguably your most consistent, best player this season, it’s going to hurt you.

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“They knew this was going to happen against his parent club, he wasn’t going to be playing. Do I expect Leeds to get anything out of Man City? You don’t know, Leicester turned them over.”

Harrison has played every minute of Leeds’ Premier League campaign so far, with one goal and one assist in his three appearances.

Alioski meanwhile has come off the bench to replace Patrick Bamford and then Rodrigo in their last two league games.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are closing in on a £15million transfer raid.