Alan Hutton believes Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa may take a risk and throw Pablo Hernandez back into the starting XI against Fulham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and Scotland defender insists Saturday’s clash is a “huge” game for the Whites.
Hernandez missed Leeds’ 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City through injury but Bielsa confirmed that he was set to return to training on Wednesday.
Hutton admits it would be a gamble to start the 35-year-old against the Cottagers but suggests the magnitude of the game could make the Leeds boss roll the dice.
Asked if he thought Hernandez would be thrown back into the starting XI on Saturday, Hutton told Football Insider: “It really depends, first and foremost it depends on the player, if he’s willing to throw himself in and does the manager want to do the same thing?
“I think the bigger picture is the games coming up but Fulham is a massive game, huge, and you want your best players playing. I know from first-hand experience how good he can be.
“After a defeat is normally the time that you’d change it, managers don’t usually like to change teams on a winning run so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was thrown in – he’s definitely got that quality to change a game.”
Hernandez has played 28 times for Leeds this season, scoring six goals and contributing a further six assists.
He was replaced by Tyler Roberts against Cardiff, while Kalvin Phillips also returned to the starting XI in place of Gaetano Berardi.
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