By Kevin Phillips

15th Mar, 2021 | 7:00pm

Phillips: This may be real reason Harrison is in and out of Leeds team after furious reaction

Kevin Phillips expects Jack Harrison to keep his place in the Leeds United attack after being dropped by Marcelo Bielsa in recent weeks. 

Harrison, 24, was dropped to the bench for the Whites’ recent Premier League games against Aston Villa and West Ham after starting all but one of Leeds’ first 25 games of the season.

He was unable to feature against parent club Manchester City at the start of the campaign but he has been a mainstay in Bielsa’s side since.

Harrison returned to the starting 11 on Saturday as Leeds drew 0-0 with Chelsea but lasted just 64 minutes.

He looked furiously at the bench when his number came up and he was replaced by Costa, prompting a slow, laborious walk to the dugout.

“You don’t drop him for the sake of dropping him,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“You do it because of a loss of form or to send a little message to say that no one is guaranteed to play every week. 

“You need to up your game, up your work rate, whatever it is. He’ll get back into that team I’m sure. 

“Helder Costa’s come in and I wouldn’t say he’s ripped up any trees. I like Harrison but maybe Bielsa is being clever, he’s [Harrison] played a lot of football. 

“Maybe they’ve looked at him with sports science and seen that he’s played a lot of football so they’ve brought him out for a couple of games so they can have him fresh for the rest of the season. 

“I expect him to get back and stay in that team very quickly.”

Harrison is currently enjoying his third spell at Leeds after being loaned to the club by Manchester City for the past three years.

He has six goals and four assists in his debut Premier League season and he will hope to keep his place in the side for Leeds’ next game against Fulham on Friday.

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Leeds United to sign the next Nigel Martyn.