Exclusive: Phillips reacts to major Hernandez update ahead of Leeds clash v Fulham

Kevin Phillips has claimed Marcelo Bielsa must ask Pablo Hernandez to play for Leeds United this Saturday even if he is only 80 per cent fit.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said it was a “big boost” to have the 35-year-old back in training ahead of a vital fixture against Fulham this weekend.

Hernandez was ruled out for Leeds’ Championship against Cardiff and Tyler Roberts replaced the creative midfielder in the expected line-up.


Speaking at his media conference today, Marcelo Bielsa revealed he will give Hernandez until after training tomorrow (Friday) to see if he is able to play against Fulham.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth, speaking on the latest episode of the Inside Elland Road podcast, said he would “put money on him” being involved against Fulham.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Hernandez to start against the Cottagers, Phillips said: “I like Hernandez. A tricky player who can unlock the door like Krovinovic.

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“He can just drop his shoulder and curl it in the bottom corner.

“But is he going to be the man to take Leeds over the line? It is a big ask. There is pressure on him.

“To have him back training is a big boost for Leeds though.

“Needs must and if he is 80 or 85 per cent fit you chuck him in. No one is ever 100 per cent fit when they walk over the white line.

“It might be a case of, “Give us your best hour and then we’ll bring you off.” And that be the case until the end of the season.”

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