Is Pablo Hernandez’s time at Leeds United coming to an end?
05 Feb 2021 08:24 am, by YorkshireSquare
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Is Pablo's time at Leeds United coming to an end?
If there was one good thing Garry Monk did it was bringing Pablo Hernandez to Leeds United. Ever since he arrived at the club in August 2016 he has been at the centre of everything good Leeds United have done. Talismanic over the last two seasons, his goal against Swansea will go down in history as the one that really secured our promotion back to the Premier League. But things have not been so easy for him this season.
Limited in starts this season due to injury and competition from Rodrigo the Leicester game in November appeared to be a key moment in the season for Hernandez. Bielsa too exception to the Spaniard throwing his black armband into the crowd and he did not feature again for four games. Since then game time has been limited, twenty minutes here, ten minutes there.
With rumoured interest from CD Castellón (a team Hernandez is co-owner of alongside former Valencia teammate Ángel Dealbert) this January, is Pablo’s time at Leeds coming to an end?
Does Adam Forshaw still have a part to play this season?
Adam Forshaw has told the My Conversations With The Pope podcast that he hopes to play for Leeds United this season as he looks to put his injury nightmare behind him – having spent the best part of the 18 months on the side-lines. He did not give a specific timescale in which he would return, he did state that he is hopeful he will play against this season, describing his spell on the side-lines as having been “horrific”.
It’s going good but obviously it has been hard for me. I’ve got to be careful what I can say because the club will want me to do an exclusive when I am fit, sooner rather than later. The manager said a couple of nice things. He said it won’t take me long to get back up to speed because I look after myself. I’m hoping that I can still play a part this season. It’s been horrific.
Do you think Forshaw has a role to play this season? Can he step up to the Premier League after 18 months on the side-lines?
Is VAR leading to a consistent tampering with the laws of the game?
Leeds United’s return to the Premier League has means out first full season with VAR. Wednesday’s game was all the better for not being interfered with Stockley Park but Leeds have had their fair share of issues with VAR this season, just ask Patrick Bamford! Leeds United Chief Executive Angus Kinnear had plenty to say about the issue in his programme notes for the Everton game…
Whether it’s Manchester City scoring a goal which is 20 yards offside because Tyrone Mings has the audacity to attempt to clear the ball or it’s Southampton’s Danny Ings scoring a perfectly good equaliser, if it were adjudged by the spirit of the game, only to be denied by a geek over a hundred miles away frenetically trying to align his cross-hairs with an a*se and an elbow while simultaneously demonstrating that he doesn’t know one from the other.
The trend towards consistent tampering with the laws and their interpretation, overalled with the dubious benefits of increased technology, is a worrying one. It is important that we don’t allow our rule makers to damage both the spirit of the game and its ability to entertain by solving problems that only they perceive.
Do you think VAR is leading to a consistent tampering with the laws of the game and their interpretation? Does it bring any benefit at all or should we just scrap the whole idea?