Leeds United boss

Michael Brown has suggested the reason for Leeds United attacker Pablo Hernandez’s shock axing is he has lost confidence and form after his faltering start to the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder suggested the 35-year-old is finding it difficult being out of the team after being such a key player last season.

Hernandez made just his second start of the season last Monday against Leicester City but mysteriously failed to even make the bench against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

 

When he was substituted against the Foxes, Hernandez was visibly upset but Marcelo Bielsa claimed that is not why he was left out at Selhurst Park.

Asked about the Spaniard’s absence after the game, Bielsa confirmed (via Football.London) that Hernandez was fully fit and available for the game but just not selected.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of Bielsa’s comments, Brown said: “Well that just shows that the squad has got stronger, we know that.

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“Is Hernandez finding it difficult that he’s now not been getting the minutes and the starts that he’s used to in his career?

“It’s hard to adapt sometimes when you don’t play as much.

“He might have had a bit of a drop in form of confidence or belief or wanting to be in the side and Bielsa thinks at the moment he is not ready.

“Everybody reacts differently. Footballers want to be able to pitch as much as you can and I was the worst when I got taken off, it shows you care, you want to play and I expect that from all players when they come off, to show they don’t want to.”

In other news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has ripped into a Leeds United man who “has to change” after Brendan Rodgers’ comments.