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Leeds United have bounced back from their two previous Premier League defeats thanks to a 3-0 win over Southampton. The afternoon crash at Elland Road saw Marcelo Bielsa set up quite differently than his usual unwavering lineup.
As it stands out for SofaScore, The Argentine opted for a 3-3-3-1 formation, which is very surprising considering that he rarely strays from his 4-1-4-1 staple. This saw a three behind from Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk guarding the goal.
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Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas played later, operating more in midfield, while three attackers were deployed to help Patrick Bamford, who led the line.
However, this formation clearly did not suit one player, who was retired in place of Helder Costa after the restart.
Jack Harrison was strangely out of shape
Jack Harrison struggled enormously to keep up with the pace of things on Elland Road tonight. His usual quiet presence was extinguished by the Southampton defense, who kept him extremely quiet.
According to SofaScore, the £ 15,000 per week Loanee made just six passes in the 45 minutes she was on the field. This is lower than any other Leeds player who started the game and less than the number of passes made by both goalkeepers. This is a big step down from the 25 accurate passes he made against Wolves, which the Whites lost 1-0.
Harrison also failed to complete any of the dribbles or crosses he attempted and did not register any shots on target. This performance surprises the man with the second highest number of goals for the club so far this season. He currently has six goals and four assists, behind only Bamford, who is leading with 13 goals and five assists, according to BBC Sport.
He has been noticed by many professionals and experts alike, and Paul Robinson recently praised him as a player with “Lot of talent”.
While this isn’t a performance to worry about, it’s a strange sign on the radar for someone as consistent as Harrison. He will have a chance to rectify his slow performance tonight when Leeds take on Aston Villa at the weekend.
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