Noel Whelan suggests Pablo Hernandez could suffer the same fate as Pontus Jansson if he doesn’t resolve his feud with Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry forward insisted that Bielsa “will not stand” for the “petulant” and “immature” actions of Hernandez.
The 35-year-old was dropped from the matchday squad that lost 4-1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday after he reacted angrily to his substitution against Leicester a week earlier.
In his post-match press conference, Bielsa shocked listeners when he revealed that the decision was not due to injury but refused to confirm whether it was a result of Hernandez’s actions against the Foxes.
Whelan fears the Spanish playmaker could suffer the same fate as ex-Leeds defender Pontus Jansson, who was sold to Brentford in July 2019 after falling out with Bielsa.
“He is a great player and I love him to bits, I really do, but petulance and immaturity like that, when he is a role model to the young lads and fans, is unacceptable,” he told Football Insider.
“Marcelo Bielsa will not stand for it. We know that from the Pontus Jansson situation.
“There is definitely something there which needs to be sorted out between manager and player because we could have done with him on Saturday.
“You cannot do that. You just can’t. It is so petulant on his behalf and as an experienced pro he should know better.
“Something is definitely not right. There is a rift at the moment.
“You’d hope it will get sorted out but you would also like to think that it would have been sorted before Saturday. They have had long enough to sort that problem out.”
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