MOT View: Leeds fringe star has huge opportunity v Everton after latest Bielsa fitness update
Leeds United attacker Pablo Hernandez would have been expecting more from his first season back in the Premier League since the 13/14 campaign with Swansea.
He was such a big part of Leeds getting promoted that it’s been a surprise to see him only getting two starts at the midway point of the season.
And he’s only got onto the pitch for 262 minutes, with Rodrigo taking over the number 10 spot for Leeds, and he failed to come on at all in the last two.
However, that looks set to change on Wednesday night after Marcelo Bielsa admitted that it was unlikely that Rodrigo would be available.
He went off with what looked like a groin staring and talking after the game Bielsa said, “I have the impression that Rodrigo won’t be available.” [Leeds Live]
Talking in a Q&A after the game Athletic journalist Phil Hay said, “Rodrigo looked like a groin and that will probably be a few weeks at least.”
In Monday’s press conference, Bielsa said that he would be having a scan to assess the extent of his injury.
Enter, stage right, Pablo Hernandez.
This could be the veteran’s last season at Leeds.
He’s under contract until 2022 but Hay revealed that Leeds had turned down an offer for the Spanish midfielder in the January window.
That came from Castellon in Spain and there are a lot of reasons why a move back there in the summer would make sense.
Hernandez is a co-owner of the club and owns a sports shop in the city. He was born there and his presence is everywhere.
Hearing from Spain that Castellon were hoping to tempt Pablo Hernandez back there this month but it won’t happen. Leeds not willing to lose him. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 31, 2021
Moving to the La Liga 2 club would be a lifestyle choice and a big step down from the Premier League.
But, Hernandez was struggling for fitness last season and the fact remains that he was never going to be a regular starter this season.
A spat over his anger at getting subbed off against Leicester threatened to put a dark cloud over his Leeds career but thankfully that was resolved.
Now, with Rodrigo likely out, he’s got a fantastic opportunity to put an exclamation mark on his time at Leeds and prove that he’s still got what it takes at the top level.
We’d love to see him start on Wednesday and pull the creative strings at Leeds once again.
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