By Noel Whelan

18th Oct, 2019 | 6:21pm

Exclusive: Whelan drools over brilliant Leeds player almost impossible for Bielsa to drop

Noel Whelan raved about Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez ahead of Marcelo Bielsa’s side facing Birmingham City on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Leeds attacker shared that it was almost impossible for Bielsa to drop Hernandez due to him being capable of brilliance.

Hernandez has missed Leeds’ last three league matches but Bielsa confirmed that the 34-year-old would be fit enough to feature against Birmingham during his press conference.

It was previously feared that the Spanish playmaker would miss Saturday’s clash due to the muscle problem that had seen him unavailable before the international break.

In the three games that Hernandez missed, Leeds lost two but did manage to beat high-flying West Bromwich Albion 1-0 without him.

Whelan suggested that if Hernandez is fully fit and ready to go that Bielsa has no choice but to start him and also claimed that the veteran was capable of controlling games for the Whites.

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“If Pablo is fully fit and ready to go, it’s very hard to keep him off the teamsheet because he’s the one player with that bit of brilliance who can control the game, dictate a game, and come up with that bit of brilliance that can win a game,” Whelan told Football Insider.

Hernandez has featured eight times across all competitions for Leeds this season and has contributed two goals as well as two assists in the process.

The Spanish attacker arrived at Leeds on loan from Qatar side Al Arabi in August 2016 before making his move to the Championship club permanent in January 2017.

Hernandez has played a total of 130 times for the club, scoring 29 goals while assisting 32, and is currently contracted to stay at Elland Road until June 2020.

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