Championship trio line up for Hernandez

08 Dec 2020 09:07 am, by Ellandback1


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Hernandez' days at Elland Road could be numbered

Brentford, Huddersfield and Swansea City are waiting to pounce on out of favour Pablo Hernandez. The 35 year old fell out with Bielsa for over reacting following been subbed against Leicester City last month and has not played since. Since then, Hernandez has apparently been out injured! We have seen what happens when players challenge Bielsa. It rarely ends well for the player - just ask Pontus Jansson! Former player, now journalist Danny Mills believes the attacking midfielders days are numbered...

Time caught up with him a little bit last season. There were times when he was out injured for periods and when he came back in it was off the bench. “It happens to us all, unfortunately. As you enter the twilight of his career, injuries get harder to get over. The game isn’t slowing down in any way shape or form at the moment. The game is constantly getting quicker and quicker all the time. “That’s just how it is, you have to deal with that accordingly. As you get to that age it does get harder and harder in those situations.





Bielsa to revisit former target

South American media outlet El Intra Sports are reporting that Leeds have turned their attention back to Uruguayan Nahitan Nandez. The central midfielder is currently at Cagliari where his performances have earned the 24 year old many admirers. The former Boca Juniors star is currently thriving at Cagliari in Italy and has a £32.5 million release clause in his current deal. However, the report claims that the Serie A side could could in fact let Nandez go for a figure in the region of just €20 million (£18m). He joined from Boca Juniors August 2019 for just over £16m.

Do Leeds need a decent central midfielder? Should that be their top priority when the transfer window reopens?





Should we be worried about our defence?

Eleven games in, to our return to the big time, and Leeds have already conceded twenty goals in eleven games. Only fellow promotee's from last season, Fulham and West Brom have a slightly worse goals against ratio. Is it the way be play? Does it make us too vulnerable to the counter punch? Do we need somebody with years of experience between the posts? Should the blame be laid at our centre backs? Is Cooper good enough for the top flight? Is Koch hard enough to endure the physical side of the Premiership?

Will Llorente be the answer? He is a Spanish International, and our second highest transfer! With Aylings forward runs, does it leave Leeds vulnerable at the back? Is the answer a decent lleft back, instead of relying on Alioski and Dallas?




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Richard wrote on 09 Dec 2020 07:38 am

danhirons wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:27 pm he came up trumps several times at the end of last season, but he had spells in between where we was slow, off the pace and carried by the workrate of the rest of the team and seemed perpetually injured

love him, but he'll struggle in the prem at 35 (in my opinion - he's barely played so noone knows really) - not done anything in his 4 games so far this season although two were cameos

anyway, maybe he is actually injured - no reason for bielsa to lie about it and he was injured a lot last season...
This :tup:

In regards to injured, maybe he just isn’t fit enough after suffering “another” injury. Maybe Bielsa just feels Rodrigo and others are better suited at this level.

Lumiukko wrote on 08 Dec 2020 11:03 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:41 pm So now he is an idiot and oblivious to rememberance day... boy this thread takes some weird twists.... I know there were many many fans, and ex players who did not see it as petulent.
Steady on Smudge, if you look carefully, I never said that he's oblivious entirely (though I agree he is an idiot for it). In that particular moment, I believe he grabbed his armband and threw it off, spur of the moment. I am sure he does know the full significance of the armband and probably did within moments after the red mist had subsided. And again, I did see it as petulant and I was angry with him because fallen servicemen are something I believe should be respected to the utmost, but what can he do after he made the mistake? Apologise, that's what he did as far as I remember.

We've all made mistakes when the red mist hit, anyone who says otherwise is lying. But we all can feel remorse after the fact. It's time for all concerned to move on and let our talisman back to the squad if it's been dealt with.

1964white wrote on 08 Dec 2020 09:42 pm

Cjay wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:27 pm Agree with most of this mate.

But Pablo cant play wide any more, at 35 he could never do the amount of running required for that.

He is at an age where he needs less defensive responsibilities, not more.
Pablo use to drift right across the midfield even when he started on the right flank

Cjay wrote on 08 Dec 2020 09:27 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:44 pm Without Pablo last season we were poor, he made us tick.

Klich is much more comfortable with the master in the team

Pablo was involved in the most goals/assists in the championship last season

Our midfield should read :

Hernandez, Klich, Rodrigo, Raphinha

Those four make our midfield look total class, sadly that isn't the case!

Currently we are leaving our £27m record signing on the bench & Pablo out in the cold for players with less ability. The rule is if you can run like stink for 90 minutes you're in the first X1

No disrespect to your man Ali or Jack

Ali struggled to hold down a regular place when we were in the championship & the same old deficiencies of Harrison's game appear even more evident at a higher level but they can run & put in loads of energy which seems to override the class factor :roll:
Agree with most of this mate.

But Pablo cant play wide any more, at 35 he could never do the amount of running required for that.

He is at an age where he needs less defensive responsibilities, not more.

danhirons wrote on 08 Dec 2020 08:27 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:24 pm Dan, how do you know Pablo is too old for the PL?
he came up trumps several times at the end of last season, but he had spells in between where we was slow, off the pace and carried by the workrate of the rest of the team and seemed perpetually injured

love him, but he'll struggle in the prem at 35 (in my opinion - he's barely played so noone knows really) - not done anything in his 4 games so far this season although two were cameos

anyway, maybe he is actually injured - no reason for bielsa to lie about it and he was injured a lot last season...