Michael Brown has admitted he sympathises with “fiery” Pablo Hernandez after Marcelo Bielsa dropped the playmaker from the Leeds United squad versus Crystal Palace.
The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted he understood why the Spaniard lashed out in frustration against Leicester City.
The 35-year-old threw his remembrance armband on the floor and kicked a water bottle after being substituted versus the Foxes.
He was subsequently left out of the matchday squad against Crystal Palace as Bielsa surprisingly revealed he was fit and available to play against the Eagles.
Hernandez has since apologised for his behaviour via his personal Instagram account.
Brown has admitted he knows exactly how the veteran attacker would have been feeling but insisted the manager was well within his rights to take action if he felt a line was crossed.
Brown told Football Insider: “I was the worst when I was coming off when getting substituted, I didn’t want to get substituted.
“There’s the line that you go along and if he feels like he’s crossed that and he’s apologised then, then that’s his prerogative if he feels like he’s done something wrong. I think he’s been well-liked for a long time under Marcelo Bielsa.
“We’ve seen how fiery he is. I remember him making substitutions early on when tactics weren’t right and then players playing week in, week out for him. I think he just gets his point across what he needs.”
Hernandez has started two times in his four Premier League appearances this season.
He has the likes of Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo to battle with for the number 10 role in the starting XI.
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