Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to dump big name after surprise development
Gabriel Agbonlahor insists he would not be surprised if Marcelo Bielsa decides to sell Leeds United attacker Pablo Hernandez after his actions against Leicester City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed Bielsa is ruthless and does not like to be crossed.
Hernandez was surprisingly omitted from the Whites’ matchday squad against Crystal Palace on Saturday despite the Argentine confirming he was fully fit.
Bielsa refused to confirm whether he made the decision because of the Spaniard’s actions against Leicester City last week.
The 35-year-old reacted angrily after he was substituted with Leeds 2-1 down, he then took to Instagram after his omission against Palace to apologise for his actions.
But Agbonlahor believes his apology could be too late and pointed to Pontus Jansson as an example of how Bielsa treats players he disagrees with.
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Jansson, who was Leeds’ club captain, was sold to Brentford in July 2019 after falling out with the Argentine.
Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “If you cross Bielsa it looks like he will get rid of you like he got rid of Jansson.
“Hopefully that’s not the case with Hernandez because he’s a good player and he can add to their team.
“But from what we’ve seen, we’ve seen a ruthless manager.”
Hernandez’s start against Leicester was just his second of the season after he picked up a groin injury earlier on in the campaign.
He is yet to register a goal contribution this season in four appearances after he provided nine goals and nine assists last season.
In other Leeds United news, the club have been told to sign a £100k-a-week goalkeeper in January.