Glen Hoddle makes Jack Harrison prediction as former England boss and Rio Ferdinand hail Leeds United winger

GLENN Hoddle tipped Jack Harrison to be a top four side footballer as Hoddle and Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on the Leeds United winger after victory against Tottenham Hotspur.

By Lee Sobot
Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:57 am

Harrison excelled in Saturday's 3-1 triumph against Premier League visitors Spurs at Elland Road during which he was named the BT Sport man of the match by Steve McManaman.

The 24-year-old winger caused Tottenham problems throughout the contest on both sides of the pitch, leaving both Hoddle and Ferdinand mightily impressed.

Former Whites defender Ferdinand said: "He scored against Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the season and he has just continued in that vein of form.

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CLASSY: Leeds United winger Jack Harrison during Saturday's 3-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road. Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images.

"As a wide player he is comfortable coming inside and playing off both feet.

"He never stands still this kid, he is always on the move and his energy levels are through the roof.

"I just love his desire. I think all of the players in a Leeds shirt on Saturday showed it but the way he plays, he is direct and if you are a full back playing against him you are not going to get a rest at all.

"When you have got the ball, he is in your face and then when he receives the ball he is about getting to the byline and creating opportunities. I thought he was the most dangerous player."

Former England boss Hoddle said: "The great asset he has got is he has got two feet.

"He's got a right foot and a left foot and it doesn't matter if he is on the right side or the left side but if he is on the left side he can come back on his right.

"He has got options there. He's got pace and he has got a turn of pace, that's the difference.

"Some players have got pace but this kid has got something where he can go slow and then turn into something really quickly and that catches defenders out."

Asked how far Harrison could go in the game, and if he could even be a top four or top six player. Hoddle said: "I think so. I think he is only going to get better.

"He's got talent and if you have got talent you can see where it can go in the next two or three or four seasons.

"He is going to be a top player him because he can play one and two touch and that is the sign of an astute player, a good player.

"If he can run with the ball as well and beat players that is an added bonus. He's got both strings to his bow."

Ferdinand added: "I think added to that as well is his movement.

"His movement to get on the ball is old school almost, it's like you are looking at textbook wide player in certain areas.

"There are certain areas he has got to clean up on, we are not saying he is the finished article by any means but he has got some fundamentals in his game that as a wide player, it's what you put into your wide players.

"Opposite movement to get on the ball, mixing it up, running in deep in behind but also coming to feet.

"And then it's about obviously decision making.

"When you are a wide player you have got to make the right decisions and critical times and at the moment he is getting it right more often than not."

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