Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Leeds vs Boro AT ELLAND ROAD, 3PM; Opposition View

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Leeds vs Boro AT ELLAND ROAD, 3PM; Opposition View

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JACK Harrison is a different player to the bit-part flanker Boro fans saw in a fleeting loan spell.

The left winger is a fixture in Marcelo Bielsa's high-flying Leeds side and a fans' favourite.

After finding his feet last year he has stepped up a gear in his second season on loan.

He has already equalled his four-goal tally and is among the highest assist makers in the Championship.

The flanker has transformed himself with regular football after a frustrating loan at Boro.

He signed for Manchester City from partner club New York City FC in January 2018 and was immediately loaned out to Boro, then managed by Tony Pulis hoping to get plenty of pitch time.

But he played just seven minutes on his debut in a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff in the February then came off the bench briefly just three times more as the season fizzled out.

But he is a different prospect now and he hopes to prove that as he comes up against Boro tomorrow. "There has been a big change," said Harrison, talking of his development over the last 18 months. "I think adapting to this league and realising how tough it is, such a competitive league, it always takes time to adapt to.

"But I always like going up against Middlesbrough and seeing some familiar faces as well.

"It gives you that little extra edge to win. I'm looking forward to this Saturday." Reflecting on his time at Boro, Harrison mused: "Being at Middlesbrough was different to New York.

"It was only my second team so it's hard to compare it to other teams in this league but it's completely different to Leeds.

"Although I didn't play that much, I still learned a lot while I was there and I am thankful for my time there and the people that I met as well, they are all great guys there as well."

Boro had gone 10 games without a win before Wednesday night's 1-0 rain-lashed victory over Barnsley. …

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