Danny Mills questioned whether Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez has the physical attributes required to play in a Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa side.
The former Whites and Manchester City right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, threw his support behind Bielsa after the Argentinian took the shock decision to drop Pablo Hernandez for the trip to Crystal Palace yesterday.
Hernandez, 35, started Monday night’s 4-1 defeat against Leicester City but was left out of the matchday squad that suffered the same scoreline at Selhurst Park last night.
After the loss, Bielsa revealed that the former Spain international’s omission was not because of injury.
The attacking midfielder reacted angrily to being substituted against the Foxes earlier this week with ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan brandishing the player’s actions “disrespectful” and “petulant”.
When asked by Football Insider if Monday night’s incident may have played a part in Hernandez’s absence, Mills said:
“You have to look at the way Marcelo Bielsa wants to play. Can Pablo Hernandez still get around the pitch?
“Bielsa has not suddenly decided, ‘I am not going to play him.’ He clearly has his own reasons why he did not feel that he suited that particular game.
“When you lose people are going to always ask question but you have to trust in Marcelo Bielsa. Whatever he decides, goes.
“I do not think anybody is going to argue, for at least this season. If he keeps Leeds in the Premier League then certainly no one would argue with his decisions then.
“People were getting carried away at the start of the season and 15th would be a fabulous finish. It is a long season and Leeds United have a small squad.”
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