Leeds United

Noel Whelan has warned Jack Harrison and Raphinha must improve on “bizarre” displays against Wolves if Leeds United are to beat Southampton tonight.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Coventry striker claimed the pair were “worryingly quiet” in the 1-0 loss at Molineux on Friday night.

Harrison particularly struggled at Wolves, with the winger winning just 25% of his duels and failing to take a shot or complete a dribble in his 81 minutes. (Wyscout)

In the Premier League this season, Harrison has contributed six goals and four assists, while Raphinha has four goals and five assists to his name.

Whelan hopes to see the pair heavily involved at Elland Road tonight after their “bizarre” showings against Wolves.

“I thought the two wingers were very quiet against Wolves,” he told Football Insider.

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“We did not get any balls out to them. They looked isolated and were missing for large periods of the ninety minutes.

“Raphinha and Harrison are the two players we need on the ball. They were not there though.

“They were very quiet and I think I’ve not said this before this season because generally, we play down the wings.

“They did not get on the ball enough and when they did their delivery was not good enough. They were not proactive enough on the ball.

“I felt it was an area we did not get much out of at Wolves which is bizarre because it is usually our strength.

“We need to get them involved against Southampton because we need them. The team thrives when they get on the ball, create chances and score goals.

“Against Wolves those two were worryingly quiet for their standards.”  

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