MOT View: Sky pundit clearly doesn't know Leeds as he makes transfer claim for Jan
Darren Bent has claimed that Leeds United might need to sign a new creative midfielder in the January transfer window.
Pablo Hernandez’s form has dipped in the last few weeks and there have been suggestions that the 34-year-old midfielder could do with a rest so that he can rediscover his form.
While a player of his age could struggle with the demanding schedule of the festive period in the Championship, Marcelo Bielsa has still played him for 90 minutes in each of Leeds’ last six fixtures.
One game on the bench could do the Spaniard a world of good as he tries to get back to his best and help Leeds on their way to automatic promotion to the Premier League but Sky Sports pundit Bent has suggested something else.
The former England international believes that Leeds could go out and sign a new creative midfielder in January to add some strength in depth to Bielsa’s options.
“Yeah he is, he’s one of their most creative players and arguably their best player,” Bent told Football Insider when asked if Hernandez is need of a rest.
“He needs to get rest when he can because at the same time you don’t want to burn your players out, and you know full well that Bielsa trains his players really really hard.
“And the squad isn’t the biggest so yeah he may have to take the foot off the gas with him at times.
“But again he is probably thinking, if I do that then someone else has to step up.
“So it wouldn’t surprise me in January if they try to sign another creative midfielder in January to take a bit of the burden off Hernandez.”
Bent’s comments show that his understanding of Leeds – and manager Bielsa – is not that great.
Leeds are unlikely to sign any new players in the January transfer window and the only signing they might probably make is to replace Eddie Nketiah if Arsenal terminate his loan at Elland Road.
Leeds’ chief executive Angus Kinnear eluded to this in his programme notes at the weekend.
“We believe the continuity that the current squad have in working with Marcelo for 18 months is the cornerstone of the progress we have made to date and that the players’ ability to adapt across positions and systems gives us the strength in depth required to see out the campaign,” he said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
If Leeds United go out and sign someone who is just to add some strength in depth to the squad then that would be a shock.
Bielsa likes to work with a small bunch of players, which is why when he arrived at Elland Road, we saw a lot of players leave.
The Argentine also has a lot of trust in the club’s academy to produce young talent he can call upon when he needs to.
Hernandez may be 34-years-old and he might not be playing at his absolute best at the moment but the Spaniard is more than likely just in a bog-standard rut rather than there being anything too serious to worry about.
Leeds are in a strong position for promotion this season.
Why buy players for the Championship in January when you can buy players for the Premier League in the summer?
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan slammed a Leeds player who showed his “weakness” against Cardiff.