Newcastle United take on Leeds United on Friday night in the Premier League.

The Magpies are still looking for their first victory of the season.

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Jack Harrison (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby – Pool/Getty Images)

It’s been an awful start, and only Norwich City are below Newcastle in the table at the moment.

Steve Bruce’s side face a Leeds outfit that have also struggled so far.

The Whites haven’t won yet either, but they’ve had a much trickier run of fixtures.

Last season Leeds beat Newcastle 5-2 and 2-1.

They’ll undoubtedly see this game as a potential season kick-starter, and Newcastle will need to watch out.

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Jack Harrison (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

One man in particular who is likely to be a threat is Jack Harrison.

The winger was a real thorn in Newcastle’s side in 2020/21.


In the 5-2 at Elland Road he scored a stunning goal from outside the box. His left-footed strike sailed into the top corner, giving Karl Darlow absolutely no chance.

And earlier in the game, he fired in a brilliant cross on the half-volley for striker Rodrigo to score.

In the 2-1 at St. James’ Park, he scored the match-winning goal, controlling the ball and unleashing a half-volley into the far corner from an angle.

Get him shackled

Newcastle need to be keeping Harrison in check on Friday.

Last season they gave the £11 million man (BBC Sport) far too much space to cause problems.

Jack Harrison (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Other threats like Raphinha will need nullifying too, but Harrison is a proven performer against the Magpies.

Presuming he starts, it will be on the likes of Jacob Murphy/Javier Manquillo and Fabian Schar/Federico Fernandez to deal with him much better. The warning signs are there.

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