Exclusive: Whelan claims Leeds 22-yr-old has nailed starting spot over 'very good' teammates


Noel Whelan says that Jack Harrison looks to have nailed down a starting role for next season as he raves over the attacking options at Leeds United.

The former Elland Road ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that Marcelo Bielsa has a wealth of talent at his disposal in terms of wingers and attacking midfielders and that the manager is going to have a tough time picking who to start.

Harrison, 22, has returned to Leeds for a second consecutive loan spell from Manchester City and has been joined by Helder Costa and Ben White in bolstering the Whites’ squad.

While Jack Clarke has returned on loan after signing for Tottenham, Whelan thinks that Bielsa will go for Harrison and Costa on the wings with Pablo Hernandez as a number 10, insisting that is an attacking line up which will strike fear into their Championship rivals.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Jack Harrison looks like the one who will start on the left. (Bielsa) stuck with him last season, he’s brought him back for a second spell so I think on the left-hand side it probably takes care of itself.

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“The right-hand side, you’ve got numerous bodies who can play that role. Helder Costa can play on the right. Is he going to be pushed out there? Is Hernandez going to play out there again? Is Hernandez going to be pushed into that number 10 role?

“When you’re thinking about it and you’re putting these names across that front three, it’s quite appetising to think about the amount of chances we can create. It looks very, very strong. It looks like a three across that middle that most teams would not want to come up against.”

“There’s energy, there’s experience, there’s flair, there’s work rate which Marcelo Bielsa wants but there’s also goals.” 

Of Bielsa’s attacking options last season, it was Ezgjan Alioski, who found himself moved back to a wing-back role later in the campaign, with the most league appearances, the Macedonian making 44 outings, closely followed by Hernandez on 41.

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