'We want each other to succeed' - Jack Harrison opens up on competition for places at Leeds United

Leeds United return to Premier League action at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st December 2020, 12:02 pm

Jack Harrison believes competition for places in the Leeds United attack is breeding camaraderie rather than rivalry in Marcelo Bielsa's dressing rooms.

The Whites head into the new year having taken the Premier League by storm in the opening months of their first top flight campaign for 16 years.

Leeds boast a wealth of attacking options at Elland Road, having scored 30 goals in 16 games so far this term ahead of this weekend's trip to the capital to face Tottenham Hotspur.

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Leeds United celebrate Jack Harrison's goal against West Brom. Pic: Getty

Harrison is among a number of players fighting for a starting berth at Thorp Arch under their Argentine head coach.

The Manchester City loanee has began all but one game under Bielsa this season - missing out against against his parent club in November due to loan rules.

On the opposing wing, though, there has been a stern battle between summer signing Raphinha and Helder Costa, with the former being United's preferred choice in recent weeks.

Record arrival Rodrigo has also adjusted quickly to life in West Yorkshire, slotting in behind in-form striker Patrick Bamford which has left the likes of Pablo Hernandez having to make do with fleeting appearances from the bench.

Harrison says that despite him and his teammates fighting for places everyday in training there is still a feel good factor among the front men in LS11.

"There is that competition factor that you have in all the teams when you have good players alongside you," Harrison revealed to Radio Leeds.

"I think it is more of a camaraderie. Rodrigo and Rafa [Raphinha] are in the same dressing room, because we've been split into different dressing rooms [at Thorp Arch] with Covid.

"When you come in, in the morning they are always playing their Brazilian music and, for me, I love that culture.

"They are always so positive and both really happy people. They take that on the field with them as well. I love playing with them because you can build chemistry with them - they're both so talented.

"As a player I like picking things from different players and I just try to learn as much as possible.

"It's a pleasure to play with them all. That's more of a camaraderie and team chemistry thing rather than trying to outdo each other.

"We're always supporting each other and we want each other to succeed. That's the best part of playing in this team."