By Kevin Campbell

15th Dec, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Leeds tipped to unleash 'Very Gifted Ace' v Newcastle after U23s display - pundit

Kevin Campbell has tipped Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to unleash Pablo Hernandez after starring for the Under-23s.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton striker claimed the 35-year-old can be the “ace in the pack” for the Whites ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Newcastle United.

Hernandez has not played for the first team since he reacted angrily to being replaced by Tyler Roberts in the 4-1 loss to Leicester City last month.

However, he was included in the matchday squad for Friday night’s narrow loss against West Ham and impressed two days later in a 45 minute display for the club’s Under-23s.

Leeds welcome Steve Bruce’s Magpies to Elland Road tomorrow and a win by a margin of two goals would see Marcelo Bielsa’s side leapfrog their opponents in the table.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Hernandez to play a big role for the first team over the next month, Campbell said:

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“It is great because Marcelo Bielsa can shuffle his pack now after a couple of tough results. He can play Hernandez in there and he can be that ace in the pack.

“He is someone who knows the system inside out, he is so comfortable in there and is very, very gifted.

“I think he will play a key role for Leeds over what will be a busy festive period.” 

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign a forward on loan next month amid fears over Patrick Bamford’s fitness.