Jack Harrison set to mis Manchester City clash

04 Apr 2021 06:18 pm, by YorkshireSquare


Jack Harrison may have played 121 games for Leeds United over the past three seasons, but he is still technically a Manchester City player. Unfortunately as on loan players are forbidden to play against their parent club in the Premier League, this means Harrison will miss this Saturday’s game at the Etihad Stadium against City. Despite a recent dip in form, Harrison has hit back with two assists and a goal in the last two games. With seven goals this season, Harrison is now Leeds second top scorer and has notched up more Premier League goals than the likes of Sadio Mané, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison. With five assists he also ranks above James Rodríguez, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden. There is no doubt Harrison will be missed on Saturday, the big question for Marcelo Bielsa is who will replace him?

The obvious choice is Helder Costa who started the season on the right wing and has deputised for Harrison in recent weeks. Costa has failed to live up to his £15 million price tag but has chipped in with two goals and three assists in nineteen games this season, his goals coming against Fulham and Arsenal. Although Costa can play on the left, Bielsa has favoured him on the right wing meaning Raphinha could switch to the left-hand side. A move that would not be popular with Leeds fans as the enigmatic Brazilian has been much more effective on the right-hand side of the pitch, cutting in, leaving defenders trailing in his wake.

The solution to this conundrum could be to play Gjanni Alioski at left wing. The Macedonian started on the left wing for the previous match against City at Elland Road back in October but has been filling in at left back more recently. Whilst his defensive qualities have been questioned, Alioski has looked more comfortable going forward with three goals in all competitions so far this season. Whilst this move would ensure Raphinha remained on the right wing it would be dependent on Mateusz Klich being fit enough to start in the centre of midfield, allowing the versatile Stuart Dallas to return to his more usual left back position.





If Bielsa wanted to go for a more youthful option he could turn to Ian Poveda or Crysencio Summerville. Whilst Poveda has shown moments of genuine quality he is yet to convert his promise into goal contributions in his ten first team outings this season. He has however scored once and claimed three assists for the U23s this season. Summerville has not yet got a chance in the senior squad, despite playing in the Eredivisie last season, though he has had a fruitful season for the U23s with five goals and six assists in nine games. It’s a big ask throwing in the youngsters against the Champions elect but it would be nice to see them both getting some minutes before the end of the season.

Bielsa could turn to the experience of Pablo Hernández. The former winger played the majority of his career out wide, regularly featuring on the right wing in Bielsa’s first season. But the Spaniard is seemingly out of favour at Elland Road and has struggled with fitness. The demands required to play on the wing for a Bielsa side in the Premier League, especially against City may be too much for the 35 year-old. My sentimental side would love for Hernandez to get a run out against the top side in the league, particularly because it looks like this could be his final season at Elland Road. Bielsa doesn’t seem particularly sentimental when it comes to picking his side though, I’m fully expecting Costa to start on the right with Raphinha on the left.

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Mick Jones shoulder wrote on 06 Apr 2021 11:57 am

Overman wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:58 am I would probably go with Finney on the wing.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1wenv
That one always makes me 😃

DDB220 wrote on 06 Apr 2021 11:41 am

I have no doubt it will be Costa.

However Costa generally struggles when he starts due to the initial intensity, he is not a physical player who relishes a 50/50 challenge. For me his best performances have been as a sub. I think he needs the game to be stretched with tired legs so that he can exploit space. Against City he is likely to be anonymous if he starts.
I would prefer Poveda as a starter, he is better with the ball in tight spaces and can draw a foul which will be invaluable as we will get pressed just as intently as we try to do likewise. Quality on the ball and not surrendering possession needlessly will be key to getting anything from the game.
Whoever is playing on the left will get little change out of Walker when it comes to pace.
As much as I admire Alioski for his service to the team he will be tormented by City if he starts, regardless of his position. Lacks concentration and composure, which is frequently exploited at this level. I would put Dallas as LB and play Shacks in the middle with Robert’s as we will need that energy to compete.

whiteswan wrote on 05 Apr 2021 03:19 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:41 pm Exactly Swannie...said it so many times , but some just will not let it go...when he has had the chance he has not taken it well enough to establish himeself back in the side, no amount of sentimentality will make it any different, sadly Pablo is not only over the hill, he is well on the downward slope... Time to just remember him as he was, I would hate to see him embarressed against Citeh... And if he plays and proves me wrong I will bare my arse in woolly's window...
Let's hope he plays and has a blinder then :rol:

Smudge3920 wrote on 05 Apr 2021 01:41 pm

whiteswan wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:40 pm To be fair, none of us know exactly what's going on regarding Pablo....its all just guess work and supposition
Exactly Swannie...said it so many times , but some just will not let it go...when he has had the chance he has not taken it well enough to establish himeself back in the side, no amount of sentimentality will make it any different, sadly Pablo is not only over the hill, he is well on the downward slope... Time to just remember him as he was, I would hate to see him embarressed against Citeh... And if he plays and proves me wrong I will bare my arse in woolly's window...

faaip wrote on 05 Apr 2021 01:38 pm

Why would you put Summerville in a position of weakness for his first start, if you watch the U23's you'll have noticed he's way less effective on the left. I think the same applies to Poveda and Raphinha. Raph so much more dangerous when playing on the right.

We're looking for a left winger, Harrison, Alioski and Costa are our best three with Huggins the natural promotion from the 23's