Do Hernandez’s social media comments spell the end?

16 Feb 2021 09:05 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Tuesday 16th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Do Hernandez’s social media comments spell the end?

The turbulent relationship between Marcelo Bielsa and Pablo Hernandez may be have become irreversible after the 35yo talisman took to Instagram to pour his heart out following the Arsenal defeat. The Spaniard was dismayed having been left on the bench, only for far less influential players to go on in his place. Taking to social media, Hernandez used a quote from Bielsa, from his time at Marseille, recounting it almost word for word...

Although it was impossible for you, never claim anything in life, swallow the poison of hatred and accept injustices, rest assured that everything is balanced in the end.

Does this spell the end for Pablo Hernandez? Has Bielsa treated him well? After what Hernandez has done for our club, can anyone blame him for being upset with having to accept such a small role this season? What kind of impact will this have in the Elland Road dressing room? Is anyone getting fed up with Bielsa trying to place square pegs in round holes?

Chappers - Bamford not aggressive enough

Leeds legend Lee Chapman believes Patrick Bamford is 'too nice' and not aggressive enough to make it to the highest level in the Premiership. Bamford, who has scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 23 Premier League games so far this season had a private School education which has made it difficult for the 27 year old to be on the same level playing field as others. During a tough loan period at Burnley (2016/17) Bamford confronted Sean Dyche about his lack of game time. The fiery response from Dyche involved the words ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’. Also, until recently, one of the Leeds coaches truly believed that the centre forwards father was a Billionaire. Chappers said...

Bamford is very level-headed and nothing fazes him - but I’d like to see him lose his temper a few times! I want to see him get stuck in, hurt a few people, and be a bit more aggressive. Sometimes you can be too nice and if Bamford misses chances, he doesn’t seem too upset, so I think he needs to push himself a little bit harder. But he’s improving every year and I think he could be a useful back-up to Harry Kane. The big problem I had with Bamford two seasons ago was that he didn’t score enough goals and got too involved in the build-up play. Now what I’ve noticed - and I was at Leeds’ game at Tottenham a few weeks ago - is that he’s staying in the box more and in positions where he can score goals.

Can Bielsa push Leeds to the next level?

Since his arrival at Elland Road on the 15th June 2018, Marcelo Bielsa has become an icon among almost every Leeds supporter in the land. His no nonsense training regimes, comprehensive homework and direct style of play has won the 65yo many plaudits, not just from Leeds fans, but Soccer fans in general and pundits. Whilst we can marvel at what the Argentine has achieved in almost three years, his trophy cabinet remains rather bare!

Can Bielsa produce trophies at Elland Road, or will his single minded tactics be Leeds downfall? Do you expect him to be here in a year or two? If not, who would you like to see take his place?

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faaip wrote on 18 Feb 2021 10:39 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:25 pm I loved Chappers. His heading ability was incredible, not so good with his feet. Didn't he score something like 31 goals in our Champion winning season?
I don't doubt the deeds just an ugly footballer to watch.

Ellandback1 wrote on 18 Feb 2021 08:25 pm

faaip wrote: Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:52 pm I didn't like Chapman as a footballer either ...another slow moving oil tanker of a footballer. If he were an American Football player he'd be a blocking TE
I loved Chappers. His heading ability was incredible, not so good with his feet. Didn't he score something like 31 goals in our Champion winning season?

Smudge3920 wrote on 18 Feb 2021 08:19 pm

Without wishing to be repatative...his age is the factor, and yes MB stated he was a required player... but seeing as he gets injured now lacing his boots up (joking), but most of his injuries come from the training ground and I believe that he is already on managed time...IMO it is the injuries, mostly leg related that appear to be the problem... if it was not I would have expected Pablo himself to be more vocal in some way...

Aussieleeds wrote on 18 Feb 2021 08:13 pm

Mountain wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:40 pm You overlook perhaps the single biggest issue. And perhaps he does too. His age.

He may be one of the greatest players ever at the club and given us all wonderful memories...but he, Radz and Bielsa can do nothing about his advancing years. It was very predictable that he would be phased out this year, he is being phased out, I think that treatment is more "inevitable" than "interesting". Look, it's sad to see, and clearly he is upset, but that's just the way it goes.

If KP or Rapha get to double or treble their salary at another club, I certainly would not moan. That's the system that saw Radz and Bielsa entice players to Leeds too, most get a pay rise.
I haven’t overlooked his age at all. What I am saying is simply this: if Pablo doesn’t figure in the future plans (or current plans) just be open and honest about it, with both the player and the fans. If you don’t think Pablo deserves transparency from the manager then our opinions differ on that. Weren’t we told in January that Pablo wouldn’t be sold because he was a required player? Required for what?
Just a really sad way for it to end.

Mountain wrote on 18 Feb 2021 01:06 pm

rab_rant wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:00 pm "He is one of the best players in his position I have worked with in my career," he said of the 33-year-old former Swansea City winger.
That is not too surprising. How he stuck with Leeds through all the crap on and off the pitch over the years is little short of miraculous. For a long time the one genuine top class player at the club at a time when all other players with his ability would have not even looked at Elland Road. There is no denying it's sad to see it fizzle out like this, with a hint of acrimony...hopefully things can be patched up, and I trust and hope Bielsa isn't cruel or blind to the need to give him the appropriate recognition or send off. I just wouldnb't blame him for how things are panning out.