Marcelo Bielsa has claimed the absence of Pablo Hernandez will mean Leeds United are far less creative against Manchester City.
The Spaniard was ruled out for two weeks after pulling out of the Fulham game with a groin strain in the warm-up at Elland Road.
Hernandez also missed the Sheffield United game, with Bielsa using both Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts in his absence.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Bielsa claimed his side will struggle to create chances in the final third.
“Pablo is a very important player for our offensive game,” Bielsa said via Leeds Live.
“More than his experience, he brings a lot of creativity. Not having him means we will be less creative.”
We all knew that Hernandez wouldn’t be able to play every game this season, and there is no doubting that him missing three of the first four games is a massive blow.
Creative spark gone?
Yes, there is no doubting Hernandez’ talent at creating chances in the final third, but the truth is that he struggled against Liverpool on the opening day.
The Spaniard completed zero successful dribbles and only completed 63% of his passes at Anfield according to WhoScored – not at his usual best back in the Premier League.
After Rodrigo’s impressive cameo against Sheffield United, we expect him to come back into the starting XI against City this weekend.
The club-record signing almost had double the number of touches of Roberts, 10 more successful passes, and eight more in the final third – as well as three shots and more touches in the box [LUFCDATA].
If that isn’t a creative spark, we don’t what is and Rodrigo will have the perfect chance to prove himself against one of the best on Saturday.
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