Jack Harrison is a “tremendous” talent who does not deserve to be sitting on the Leeds United bench.
That is the view of former Scotland boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, blasted the “wannabes” failing to live up to the 24-year-old’s standards.
Harrison had failed to start just one league game – against parent club Manchester City – before the 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa in late February.
Having started on the bench against the Villans, the winger remained out of the starting XI for Monday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham.
Instead, Raphinha and Helder Costa were named as Patrick Bamford’s support act in east London.
However, the Portuguese winger was replaced by Harrison at half time.
McLeish admitted he was a huge fan of the Manchester City loanee and suggested he did not deserve to be stuck on the bench.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s been really tremendous to watch. He’s been pitching in with some really good goals.
“You always feel that he is capable of making something happen. That’s the difference between the wannabes and the guys who actually do it.
“Harrison has got that ability to not only score goals but to provide for teammates like Patrick Bamford.
“We’ve seen some great football from Leeds and it’s always been very exciting regardless of results. They’ve done enough to show they’re a worthy Premier League team.”
Harrison has scored six times and contributed four assists in 26 Premier League games this season.
He has 118 appearances under his belt in three successive loan spells at Leeds.