'Massive' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as 'Unreal' player ruled out of Leeds clash today
Jack Harrison will be a “massive loss” for Leeds United when they take on Manchester City, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker and boyhood fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 23-year-old has been “absolutely unreal” during the early stages of the new season.
Speaking at his press conference, as quoted by journalist Phil Hay, Bielsa confirmed that Alioski is set to start as Harrison, who is on loan from City, is ineligible to face his parent club.
From Bielsa's press conference: Harrison is ineligible against his parent club so Alioski set to start. Was asked about Cuisance but said he wouldn't comment until the signing was done because he "didn't want to have a repeat of the (Dan) James situation." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 1, 2020
Whelan admits that the Macedonia international has got some big boots to fill and that he needs to improve on his own early-season displays.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s going to be a massive loss losing Jack Harrison because since the start of the season he has been absolutely unreal.
“He just keeps getting better and better so that is going to be a massive void for Alioski to fill there because he’s been a real star performer for Leeds at the start of this Premier League campaign.
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“Alioski, well, I’ve seen him in a couple of games, one was the cup game and he was very, very poor but now it’s an opportunity where he can show Marcelo Bielsa his worth and put a bit of pressure on Jack Harrison.
“I doubt he’ll keep him out the side but this is why you have a squad and where the squad needs to come to the forefront now.”
Harrison has been an ever-present for Leeds in the Premier League so far, with one goal and one assist under his belt.
Alioski meanwhile has been forced to play backup to Harrison, Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa, with just two substitute appearances in the league so far.