Trouble could be brewing at Elland Road after talks of a potential exit for Pablo Hernandez have emerged. The midfielder didn’t take Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to substitute him off during their Leicester clash very well. Following his outburst, he was left out of the Leeds side that faced Crystal Palace, despite Bielsa confirming he is fully fit.
Gabriel Agbonlahor spoke to Football Insider about this situation and feels that it would not be surprising if the manager opted to sell Hernandez because of his behaviour.
“If you cross Bielsa it looks like he will get rid of you like he got rid of Jansson,” the former Premier League player said. “Hopefully that’s not the case with Hernandez because he’s a good player and he can add to their team. But from what we’ve seen, we’ve seen a ruthless manager.”
Should Bielsa go down this route and teach Hernandez a lesson, it will be a very abrupt wake up call for the rest of the squad. Indeed, the Argentinian very much has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to player attitudes and performances. With Leeds not living up to expectations at the moment, Bielsa has already shown he will make cut-throat decisions to ensure his side wins.
One decision he made was to drop Jamie Shackleton, who has rapidly rose into the limelight and won the hearts of the fans. He is currently out injured, but should Bielsa axe Hernandez, there’s space for the 21-year-old to return to the action and prove himself.
The rising star, currently earning £15,000 per week on his current contract, was hauled off the pitch at half-time against Leicester and was left out completely for the Palace clash. However, Shackleton did show glimpses of his attacking threat against Aston Villa. According to Sofascore, he completed 100% of his attempted crosses and made one key pass. Additionally, he contributed to the defence by putting in two interceptions and one tackle.
The work rate is definitely there to be admired and should he be given a second chance to prove himself, he won’t let Bielsa down this time round.