Exclusive: Paul Robinson on change Bielsa will make when Hernandez is fit for Leeds
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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has a big decision to make when Pablo Hernandez is fit again.
The former England goalkeeper has claimed that Leeds are missing their creative spark who has now been sidelined for six games – a period that’s seen Leeds lose two, draw two and win two.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds news, Robinson said, “Hernandez is a key player, he is very creative player as well for us and he offers a lot.
“I was expecting big things from [Helder] Costa when he came in but he wasn’t given his chance from the start.
“I thought at this level, at Championship level, in the Leeds team it would suit him. He’s not had a lot of game time but coming into it now, he’s grown into it, his performances have been very good, his pace, his energy, but with Hernandez coming back in the manager has a decision to make whether it’s that side of the pitch or the other that he changes.
“Jack Harrison has got another year’s experience under his belt. He did well last year and there has been criticism about his end product but he’s a quality player and he’s still a young player.
“He’s becoming a regular starter if you like. He’s given the manager a tough choice to take him out of the team – it would be hard to take him out.”
Following the game against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, Bielsa admitted that the team was missing Hernandez.
He namechecked Costa as not being able to replicate what Hernandez does – drifting inside from the wing – and he seems favourite to drop back to the bench when the veteran is fit again. [Phil Hay]
Harrison has provided the assists for the last four goals that Leeds have scored.
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