Date: 17th December 2020 at 5:35pm
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The Chronicle’s chief Newcastle United journalist Lee Ryder has been speaking on a recent edition of the Everything is Black and White podcast about the Magpies’ 5-2 thrashing by Leeds United.

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One of the topics that he spent a bit of time on was Jack Harrison, who ran the Toon ragged all night and ended the game with a goal and an assist.

His goal was a stunning strike from 25 yards out after he had been allowed to carry the ball unchallenged, and his assist was a great cross to find the totally unmarked Rodrigo, and it seems as if he impressed Ryder.

He said: “In the first half down that left-hand side, Harrison just had the freedom of Elland Road, and he was probably their best player, but Newcastle allowed him to be like that.

“They allowed him to be able to probe and prod down that side virtually unchallenged at times.”

Was Harrison Leeds' best player?

Yes, he was fantastic

Yes, he was fantastic

No, he wasn't that good

No, he wasn't that good

TIF Thoughts on Harrison’s performance…

The man on loan from Manchester City was up against Jacob Murphy, who is usually a winger, and he really punished him, and his performance earned him a rating of 8.36 from WhoScored.

Ryder thinks that he was Leeds’ best player, but he also thinks that the Toon allowed him to control the game, and we think that is a bit harsh as the 24-year-old turned in a brilliant performance.

Now, you could argue that Newcastle backed off too much for his goal, but it was still an excellent finish to beat Karl Darlow from that distance.

So, though we agree with Ryder that Harrison was Leeds’ best player, we slightly disagree with his reasoning for why he was the standout man in the match.