Jack Harrison has revealed that Pep Guardiola described his opportunity to work under Marcelo Bielsa as special, ahead of his loan move to Leeds United.
Leeds swooped to sign Harrison on loan from Manchester City over the summer, with the 21-year-old set for a year under the tuition of Bielsa, who is regarded as one of the world’s best coaches by Guardiola.
Now, Harrison has revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that Guardiola talked up Bielsa prior to the winger taking the step back down into the Championship: “Before I came here he (Guardiola) spoke very highly of Marcelo. He said the opportunity I had was something special. He told me that himself.
“It’s very different to anywhere else I’ve been. I’ve only been at three other clubs but I’m learning a lot. He (Bielsa) is very intelligent. He knows a lot about the game and I’m trying to make the most of that. In every position the whole game is so detailed with him.”
Bielsa has handed Harrison an extend run in the starting XI recently, which looks set to continue this evening when Leeds entertain Preston North End at Elland Road.
Pablo Hernandez has suffered a hamstring injury, with the winger missing Leeds’ last two fixtures.
That setback has opened the door for Harrison, who has started in place of the Spaniard.
Harrison opened his account for Leeds on Saturday too, with the winger producing a moment of individual quality to draw Leeds level in the 89th minute at Millwall on Saturday.
The relationship between Bielsa and Guardiola is no secret, with the latter often seen discussing the Leeds boss.
At 21, Harrison has a lot to learn, and if he is to have a future at Man City, Guardiola will want to see him making progress under Bielsa.
So far this season, we are seeing improvement, with Harrison certainly benefitting from a starting berth.
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