Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has paid a glowing tribute to Jack Harrison, who he says has been a key player for the Whites this season.

Having scored 4 goals and provided six assists in 39 league appearances on loan with Leeds from Manchester City last season, Harrison returned to Elland Road for another year-long loan spell in the most recent summer transfer window.

This season has seen the winger make a marked improvement for the Whites, with Harrison featuring in all 39 league games Leeds have played during the campaign to date, scoring six goals and providing eight assists, something which has clearly impressed Whelan.

Speaking to Football Insider about Harrison’s performances so far this season, Whelan said: “He never comes off these days and that is a compliment to Jack Harrison.

“You see Helder Costa coming off and other midfielders coming off but he seems to be a permanent fixture now for Leeds. One that is out there until the end of the game every week.

“That is testament to the way he has gone about his business this year and the effort levels he is putting into his performances. His attitude and work rate is second to none.”

Harrison’s most recent outing saw him score a decisive third goal in Leeds’ 3-0 win over promotion rivals Fulham on Saturday, and reflecting on that strike, as well as the winger’s chances of featuring again when Leeds host Luton on Tuesday night, Whelan added“The goal – he held a man off for 10 yards. He was under severe pressure but still had the audacity to put it through the keeper’s legs. 

“That is a player at the top of his game. A confident player who believes in his ability. It was a tremendous finish and a tremendous performance from him in that second half.

“I cannot see anyone squeezing him out of that position right now.”

This is an assessment from Whelan that feels hard to argue with really.

Harrison return for Leeds this season has clearly improved from the last, which is testament to the work both he and the club have put in over the last few months, and it is improvements like that that should help Leeds to believe that this year can be different to the last in the battle for promotion.

With all that in mind, you could certainly understand it if Leeds were to look to make Harrison’s move to the club permanent when the transfer window reopens.