Danny Mills claims that the return of Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez is “massive” for Marcelo Bielsa and the rest of the squad at Elland Road.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Spaniard’s comeback from injury means that a number of players are now under pressure to perform at an even higher standard or face losing their place.
Hernandez has missed the Whites’ last six Championship fixtures but returned to the bench against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
With the Spaniard back among the first team at Elland Road, Mills insists that his versatility should have a number of his teammates worried about losing their spot to him.
Mills told Football Insider: “We’ve often seen him play as one of the wide players or he can play in that midfield area. This is what you want, you want competition for places.
“Players think: ‘Oh, Pablo’s fit, if I don’t play well, if I don’t do what the gaffer wants, I might not be playing the next game.’ That is massive, that is a great incentive for those Leeds players to give that extra five, ten percent.”
Hernandez has played eight times for Leeds this season, contributing two goals and two assists before finding himself sidelined through injury.
Bielsa chose to line up with Jack Harrison and Helder Costa on the wings against QPR, while Tyler Roberts was given his first start of the campaign alongside Patrick Bamford.
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