Former Leeds United player and now BBC Match Day pundit, Noel Whelan, believes that manager Marcelo Bielsa will immediately bring Pablo Hernandez back in for the Queens Park Rangers clash on Saturday, and former Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa will be the casualty.
We all know how much we’ve missed Pablo in recent games given both his goal threat and his creativity impact on the pitch, and Costa, whilst having a few moments, is yet to really ‘wow’ the fans, even allowing for Bielsa’s comments that the job he’s asking him to do does impact on that.
With fans knowing that Hernandez is now back for this one – albeit we might be missing Ezgjan Alioski, Barry Douglas and possibly Patrick Bamford – it is massive news for us and Whelan believed it was nailed on that he would come instantly back into the side.
“Yeah, absolutely. I look forward to seeing what he’s going to do tomorrow because Costa, one good game out of five, he’s not taken his chance. He’s not done enough to stay in that team. Pablo has got a really, really strong chance of stepping straight back in and taking his place. Really, five games out, someone with the quality of Helder Costa should have claimed that position. He just hasn’t done it. One good game against West Brom and you’ve got a 34-year-old in Hernandez who’s going to step right back into his shoes.”
Whatever happens with team selection, all that matters is come the full time whistle we have the three points and our performance shows the improvements we’re all after.