Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Jack Harrison for his Leeds United performances and claimed he has developed into one of the team’s star players.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites striker suggested that the 23-year-old loanee is Marcelo Bielsa’s most reliable attacking midfielder.

Harrison was on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory over promotion rivals Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.

His goal put the game to bed, slotting cooly past Marek Rodak after a sublime through ball from substitute Pablo Hernandez unlocked the Cottagers defence.

It was the winger’s sixth goal of the season and his 10th since joining on loan from Manchester City two years ago.

When asked by Football Insider if Harrison has become Leeds’ most important attacker, Whelan said he is more important to the team than £15million loan-to-buy signing Helder Costa.

“He never comes off these days and that is a compliment to Jack Harrison.

“You see Helder Costa coming off and other midfielders coming off but he seems to be a permanent fixture now for Leeds. One that is out there until the end of the game every week.

“That is testament to the way he has gone about his business this year and the effort levels he is putting into his performances. His attitude and work rate is second to none.

“The goal – he held a man off for 10 yards. He was under severe pressure but still had the audacity to put it through the keeper’s legs. That is a player at the top of his game. A confident player who believes in his ability.

“It was a tremendous finish and a tremendous performance from him in that second half.”

Asked if Harrison will start v Luton tonight and remain in the starting XI for the final seven league matches of the campaign, Whelan said: “I cannot see anyone squeezing him out of that position right now.”  

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