Pablo Hernandez was not involved in the matchday squad as Leeds were beaten by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
This raised a few eyebrows as the Spaniard started on Monday against Leicester and was frustrated when he was subbed off. Journalist Phil Hay has reported why Marcelo Bielsa left him out the squad for the loss to Palace.
Hay’s update on Hernandez’ omission
Tweeting out after the presser, Hay said: ‘Hernandez was fit but left out. Bielsa said he picked 18 players who were “most apt” for the game. Said he could see why it might look like a strange decision. Didn’t want to comment on whether it was related to PH’s reaction to being subbed v Leicester.’
Was this the right decision from Leeds manager Bielsa?
Hernandez has had a great spell at Leeds. The Spaniard has 36 goals and 39 assists for the club, but he is now 35, so he is coming to the end of his career.
No matter his age, he seems to be maturing like a fine wine as he still gives Leeds a great creative threat. Hay raved over the midfielder last season, as he said: ‘The guy is just unreal. Played like a demon since the restart.’
It is understandable why Hay sees him as a key threat as he shone in Leeds’ promotion season last campaign. Hernandez scored nine goals and picked up nine assists (WhoScored). He also managed on average 2.1 shots, 2.3 key passes and 1.1 successful dribbles.
To not even have this quality on your bench seems like quite a surprising decision and he could have made an impact off the bench. In hindsight, it looks like it would perhaps have been better to involve Hernandez in the squad, although he might have been on the naughty step for his poor reaction to coming off in the earlier game.
In other Leeds news, one player was slated for his performance against Palace. Have a read who supporters were not happy with here!
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