By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted with surprise after Garry Monk continued his rotation policy at Elland Road by axing Spain international Pablo Hernandez from his side to face Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Swansea star has impressed during his temporary spell in Yorkshire thus far, showing creativity and innovation that has been significantly lacking by other members of the team.
Hernandez signed a season-long loan deal at Elland Road earlier this month, becoming the third player to opt for a second spell under Garry Monk. Matt Grimes and Kyle Bartley have also joined the Whites from Monk’s former side Swansea.
However, the 31-year-old is one of four changes to Monk’s side from Tuesday’s dramatic 1-1 draw against Fulham, which saw target-man Chris Wood score a sensational overhead-kick.
New signing Liam Bridcutt comes in to central midfield and partners Ronaldo Vieira, who is preferred over Kalvin Phillips.
League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe and Stuart Dallas drop out of the team, while Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko returns and Alex Mowatt starts in what is likely to be a wide role.
Leeds’ Twitter following have reacted with shock, as well as frustration, to Monk’s decision to drop Hernandez.
Here are a selection of the best tweets:
A little surprised at Roofe and Hernandez on the bench but let's see how it goes. Lot of games to play. #lufc
— seatea (Chris) (@Seatea63) August 20, 2016
NAHH NO HERNANDEZ?????? #lufc 🙁
— KKP (@93KRISH) August 20, 2016
Not sure about that line up tbh, unless thinking Roofe and Hernandez as impact subs. Come on #lufc
— Rhys Hughes (@RhysHughes) August 20, 2016
Roofe and Hernandez out?? Why? #lufc
— Adam Errington (@Adam_Errington) August 20, 2016
No Hernandez and Vieria in oh dear… #lufc
— Andy McCarthy⚠ (@__AndyMac) August 20, 2016
— Matt (@Idlematt) August 20, 2016
Saving Hernandez for second half? Surprising midfield selection that. #LUFC
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) August 20, 2016
Team still looks weak in same old areas,Pontus,Roofe and Hernandez need to be accommodated moving forward,hoping for a big performance #lufc
— Barry Dunne (@BazDunne) August 20, 2016
Leeds can propel themselves to the top-half of the Championship table with a win, as former Swansea boss Monk looks to secure his first win as pressure mounts on his Elland Road stay.
Cash-rich Sheffield Wednesday have struggled after their opening day victory against Aston Villa. They were the victims of Cambridge United’s EFL Cup giant-killing, before losing to newly promoted Burnley on Tuesday.
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