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Bielsa should stick with Hernandez for Swansea clash

Bielsa should stick with Hernandez for Swansea clash

Marcelo Bielsa would be desperate to see his Leeds United team get back to winning ways on Wednesday evening when they welcome Swansea City to Elland Road.

And, the manager will be contemplating which changes he should make to his team ahead of the clash with the Swans, given Leeds’ poor finishing at Middlesbrough over the weekend and Jack Clarke’s absence from the team due to health issues.

The main decision for Bielsa, though, should be to draft Pablo Hernandez back into the starting lineup after being named on the bench for Saturday’s match at the Riverside Stadium.

The manager made a strange selection change to the team that lost against Norwich City last weekend with Patrick Bamford coming in as striker and Kemar Roofe moving into a bit deeper position just behind him.

Hernandez came on at half-time for Clarke, who asked to be substituted after feeling unwell during the first-half of the match.

The 33-year-old Hernandez immediately brought some firepower to the team who struggled to get momentum going in the first-half the match.

His linkup play with Roofe and Bamford put Leeds in a position to find the back of the net and they finally did deep into stoppage time thanks to Kalvin Phillips.

Hernandez has been superb for the Whites this season and has been a key figure in the team’s fight for promotion to the Premier League next season.

And the fact that Leeds have failed to pick up a win in their last two league matches, going back to the players that have brought the team success so far this season might be the best decision moving forward.

The experience of Hernandez will also be of high value under the current circumstances given the slight pressure that Leeds are under at the moment.

The Yorkshire club are currently second in the Championship but any more slip-ups could see them fall even further down the table with Sheffield United just three points behind them in third. Sticking with Hernandez could help prevent that.

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