'Eye-catcher' – Sky Sports pundit taken aback as Bielsa makes major call on Leeds player
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton said that Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to drop Pablo Hernandez from the Leeds United squad to face Crystal Palace was an “eye-catcher”.
Bielsa didn’t give a reason as to why he was dropping the playmaker but it is widely thought to be because of a petulant reaction to being subbed off against Leicester.
Hernandez apologised for his reaction – which included ripping off his black armband – on Instagram.
Leeds lost the game 4-1 at Selhurst Park.
Writing in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post Prutton said, “Pablo Hernandez missing the game at Selhurst Park was an eye-catcher I have to say.
“He has been at the absolute core of most of the positive things that have happened for Leeds on the pitch since he arrived and his reaction against Leicester was probably borne out of frustration.
“Pablo comes across as a very humble player who is low maintenance and devotes his life to his job and career.
“I’m sure after a hard few weeks there will be the proverbial kissing and making up between him and Marcelo Bielsa.”
Big Bielsa call
Dropping Hernandez was a big call by Bielsa and it shows that his principles are at the centre of everything he does.
With Rodrigo out after testing positive for Covid-19, Hernandez would have started the game and it left Leeds short.
Was his absence the reason Leeds suffered their second 4-1 defeat in two weeks?
Not entirely but Leeds would have been a stronger side with him in it.
Rodrigo is back for the game against Arsenal and if he’s fit then we think he goes straight into the starting XI.
Hernandez will go back to his role of being the impact sub but we’re desperately hoping that he makes the squad for the game at Elland Road.
The last thing Leeds need is for this to be a beef that continues behind the scenes.
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