Alex McLeish has suggested Pablo Hernandez’s time as a regular among the Leeds United side may be coming to an end.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted Marcelo Bielsa “won’t take any prisoners” when choosing who is going to lead the club to future success.
As relayed by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Urquhart, Bielsa confirmed the 35-year-old had picked up a muscle problem which sidelined him for Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
From Bielsa's press conference [which lasted nearly an hour] – Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are available. Pablo Hernandez has picked up a muscle problem this week so is missing. Diego Llorente – who is nearly there – and Jamie Shackleton out too against Arsenal. #lufc
— Joe Urquhart (@JoeUrquhart_) November 20, 2020
He was left out against Crystal Palace before the international break despite being confirmed as fit and available after he showed his frustrations at getting substituted versus Leicester City.
McLeish has suggested Bielsa may have seen signs the Spanish veteran may be coming to the end of his career and insisted there would be “no sympathy” from the Argentine over his team selection.
Asked if he thought Hernandez’s influence was waning at Elland Road, McLeish told Football Insider: “At some stage that has to happen, we spoke about (Celtic midfielder) Scott Brown and Scott doesn’t need to hang his boots up any time soon, he’s still very influential – Hernandez, perhaps Bielsa’s seen signs less so.
“Certainly in the performance they gave against Arsenal, I thought it was a really good personnel on the pitch and maybe it’s some other young man’s time to come into it.
“Bielsa won’t take any prisoners, there’s no sympathy. He will respect the guy but he will know when it’s time.”
Hernandez has started twice in his four Premier League appearances for Leeds United this season.
He has a total of 162 games under his belt for the Whites, 36 of which came last term.