Much has been written about Pablo Hernandez in the last few weeks but the Leeds United midfielder could well be heading for the exit door this summer.
Athletic journalist Phil Hay believes the writing is on the wall and has said that the cryptic social media message posted by Hernandez this week is unlikely to be a good sign for the future.
Hernandez posted an Instagram story that translated to, “Even if it’s impossible for you, don’t ever complain about anything, swallow the poison of hatred and accept injustices, rest assured that everything is balanced in the end.”
That’s a carbon copy of a speech Bielsa gave to his Marseille players.
Talking on the Phil Hay Show podcast on Thursday Hay said, “Players in his position don’t tend to post on Instagram like that without some purpose.”
Talking of Niall Huggins coming on for his debut while Hernandez stayed on the bench against Arsenal Hay said, “It brings you back to the realisation that Hernandez is not a player Bielsa seems inclined to reach for. I don’t mean he has ruled him out entirely but I find it hard to imagine he won’t be going in the summer.
“I’m not sure what this is offering to anyone. He’s very close to the end of his career, he’s never struck me as the sort of player who would want to lose his final 18 months of activity. Where’s the draw or the appeal?
“I doubt he’s training in a way that would rule him out.
“Hernandez is fully entitled to think he should be playing but Bielsa is paid to be the head coach and he’s paid to make that call. As often as not, he’s getting it right in a new division with a higher level of competition.
“I’m not convinced that Bielsa thinks Hernandez has got the athleticism you need.”
Memories last forever
Who will ever forget the goal against Swansea last season?
When that went in we never thought that would be the exclamation point on his Leeds career, but that’s certainly looking the case now.
The Instagram message he posted seemed very ill-advised to us.
It’s seemingly an obvious dig at Bielsa and that’s just not going to end well for Hernandez.
He was dropped from the squad after showing dissent and we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out again after this.
If he is, with all the injuries that we’ve got at the moment then it looks almost certain that Bielsa and Hernandez are destined for divorce.
We hope he gets a send-off from the fans, though. If not this season, then a post-exit testimonial.
Leeds generally do the right thing and we’d expect them to make this good if it comes to pass.
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