Jack Harrison hails 'class' Leeds United attacking options and Marcelo Bielsa's tactical nous

PATRICK Bamford. Or Rodrigo. Or both.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:40 pm
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:45 pm

Any way is great says Whites winger Jack Harrison who has hailed Leeds United's attacking options and Marcelo Bielsa's tactical nous.

Bamford has led the line for Leeds throughout the club's Premier League return and sits sixth in the division's Golden Boot race on 15 goals.

The Whites no 9 again started Saturday's clash at Burnley as United's sole striker but Bamford was replaced by record signing Rodrigo in the 58th minute with Leeds 1-0 up.

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OPTIONS: Leeds United winger Jack Harrison, right, hugging record signing Rodrigo as top scorer Patrick Bamford, left, moves in during December's victory at home to Newcastle United. Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images.

Spanish international Rodrigo has largely been used as an attacking midfielder in the no 10 role when fit this season but the 30-year-old excelled upfront against the Clarets and netted a quickfire brace.

Harrison says Leeds are blessed to have both options to call upon, and a world-renowned head coach in Bielsa to decide who to play and when.

"The manager is respected by a lot of people all around the world for that reason, for his tactics and stuff," said Harrison, speaking to BT Sport and asked about the Bamford for Rodrigo change.

"He has made that decision but both players are class, they bring a lot to the team and we play well with both players."

Harrison has also saluted the return to the side of England international Kalvin Phillips following a recent minor knee injury.

Phillips came back into the XI for Saturday's clash at Turf Moor and shone throughout in a 4-0 victory.

The defensive midfielder looks all set to be named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for this summer's Euros and Harrison is not surprised by his recent ascension with the Three Lions.

"He's a class player," said Harrison of Phillips.

"You can see why he has been brought up into England and into that squad and some of the passes he made today were unbelievable.

"He's that next calibre of player and he's a great addition for us."

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Thank you Laura Collins