By Mark Smith

16th Jan, 2020 | 4:30pm

MOT View: Bielsa should switch position of 28y/o to bring back Hernandez for Leeds v QPR

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Leeds United utility-man Stuart Dallas is fit enough to feature against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

That has eased some fears after the Northern Ireland international was visibly in pain towards the end of the 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Whilst Dallas is ready, the same can’t be said for Barry Douglas. The Scotsman will have been hoping to cement his spot after earning it back against the Owls, but he will now miss out in London with a side issue.

Pablo Hernandez came off the bench in that defeat after missing a month of action with a hamstring problem.

It’s hard to understate just how important the Spaniard is to Leeds, and nearly every single fan will expect him to start at Loftus Road next time out.

Douglas’ absence could be a blessing in disguise for the Whites, with Dallas also ready to play a helping hand in making it easier to bring Hernandez back in on Saturday.

Dallas has excelled this season, at full-back. His recent performances have been good enough, but it has been clear that he isn’t good enough to consistently nail down a spot in midfield.

With Douglas missing, the 28-year-old should fall back into the left-back spot – something which saw Leeds’ defence improve massively at the beginning of the season.

That would leave a hole by the side of Mateusz Klich, perfect for Hernandez to come back in. Leeds are better with the playmaker in their side, and Queens Park Rangers could find that out the hard way at the weekend.

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