Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds United are missing Pablo Hernandez

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

Pablo Hernandez is set to be out for Leeds United's match later this evening against West Bromwich Albion.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Barnsley, England.

Marcelo Bielsa has admitted to Leeds Live that Leeds United are missing Pablo Hernandez.

Hernandez was absent for Leeds match against Charlton Athletic at the weekend, with the Whites losing 1-0.

Although Leeds did manage to create some openings, even without their chief playmaker, they were not at their best at the Valley.

And Bielsa admits that Leeds do miss Hernandez when he doesn’t play.

 

“There are two complimentary views. You always miss one player like Pablo when he is not in the team,” Bielsa said.

“The second is we are in good condition to put a player in to replace him. Proof: one offensive game against Derby was the same with Charlton. In both games we have created similar enough chances to score. For this reason, we miss Pablo, we cannot say otherwise, but the team can resolve his absence.”

Leeds decided to pick summer signing Helder Costa to start with Hernandez out at the weekend, but they could not break down a stubborn Charlton defence.

Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez takes on Swansea City's Jake Bidwell during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31, 2019 in Leeds,...

Leeds have now won just one of their last five games, and their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal continues to be a concern.

Leeds are in action against West Bromwich Albion later tonight, and they are sure to be tested.

Bielsa’s men will once again be without Hernandez, as they look to end Slaven Bilic’s side’s unbeaten start to the season.

If Leeds can pick up the three points later they will leapfrog the Baggies, and could move back to the top of the Championship table.

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