Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has tipped Pablo Hernandez to play a part against Wolves on Monday night.
The Whites have started the Premier League season in good style, bouncing back after an opening day defeat to Liverpool with two wins and a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
Despite that good form, £1.08m-valued playmaker Hernandez has been missing through injury and his return is now eagerly anticipated, considering his exploits last term which saw him contribute with nine goals and nine assists in his 36 games last season to help the Whites gain promotion.
Suffering an injury in the warm-up prior to the game against Fulham last month, the former Valencia and Swansea City man is now available to face Wolves on Monday evening.
What has Whelan said about the potential return of Pablo Hernandez against Wolves?
Asked if he thought the Spaniard would start the game, Whelan told Football Insider: “That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I think I go by Marcelo Bielsa and what he’s done recently and in the past and I don’t think he’ll start him.
“I think he’ll be on the bench, I think Rodrigo will get the nod and start in that number 10 role after getting the goal and being so influential when he came on in the last game.
“I think it’s a really good go-to, I think in the second half, a cameo performance, bringing him on when there are some tired legs or needing that little bit of extra quality to get us over the line, I think that’s a great weapon to have on the bench.
“A fit Pablo Hernandez probably starts the game but someone who’s been out for so long, he’s a great weapon to have coming off the bench. We’ve got to give Rodrigo that opportunity and that chance.
“You can’t change a side that’s been doing so well and somebody that has just got on the scoresheet as well. He’d be very disappointed if he finds himself on the bench.”
Can Pablo Hernandez have an impact in the Premier League at the age of 35?
Hernandez has been one of Leeds’ best performers over the last few seasons and he will undoubtedly be relishing the chance to show his worth in the Premier League.
Producing such figures as the aforementioned haul in the Championship last season was highly impressive and, whilst the 35-year-old may not reach those figures this time round, don’t be surprised if he comes close.
With his playing days at the highest level seemingly nearing an end Hernandez will be eager to get on the pitch and take the Premier League by storm. Whether or not he starts against Wolves on Monday night, his mere availability will provide Bielsa with a boost.
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