Guardiola encouraged Harrison to join Bielsa at Leeds

Ex-New York City star Jack Harrison will continue his footballing education under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds with the backing of Pep Guardiola.

Jack Harrison has signed for Leeds United on a season-long loan deal.   -  Getty Images

Pep Guardiola gave Leeds United new boy Jack Harrison a glowing review of Elland Road boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Harrison joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Manchester City on Monday having featured in the latter's International Champions Cup fixtures in the United States this month.

Guardiola has regularly cited highly-regarded Argentinian tactician Bielsa as a key influence upon his famed style and former New York City winger Harrison believes similarities between the two men should help him as he prepares for a potential debut against Stoke City this weekend.  

"I spoke with Pep Guardiola about Marcelo Bielsa and he had a lot of encouraging words," the 21-year-old told Leeds' official website.

"A lot of Pep's ideas and philosophies are built around some of the same ones [Bielsa has] here as well, so obviously those similarities are helpful.

"I am a winger, I like to go forward and attack, score goals and try to assist as many as I can as well, so I am looking forward to doing that as much as possible whilst I am here.

"I can't wait to get on the pitch and play in front of the fans at Elland Road and show everyone what I can do."

Harrison joined City from its sister club in January 2018 after earning rave reviews in MLS, however a loan switch to Middlesbrough yielded only four substitute appearances in the Championship last term.

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