Pablo Hernandez was missing from the Leeds United side once again on Saturday evening as the Whites were beaten by Chelsea. Marcelo Bielsa had claimed the player was on his way back from injury in his pre-match press conference, but the player’s wife has claimed on Twitter that Hernandez is “super healthy” – so, could a January move be on the horizon?
Clearly, there is some sort of ongoing rift between Bielsa and Hernandez – with the veteran missing from the first team since reacting angrily to his substitution against Leicester City. But given his wife took to Twitter to disagree with Bielsa and January approaching – could a move be on the cards? Here are three possible loans that Hernandez could be open to, if Leeds decide to let him go temporarily:
Not far from Leeds, Huddersfield may be the ideal opportunity for Hernandez to go and get some regular game time. Not least, because they are currently playing a near-identical style of football to that of Bielsa – under the guidance of Carlos Corberan. The Spaniard was on the sidelines alongside Bielsa last season and took control of the Under-23 side for the past two season. Close to home, similar style, and the presence of Corberan could tempt Hernandez if he were to leave.
Hernandez played 71 times for Swansea during a two-year spell with the Welsh club, scoring five goals but impressively laying on 19 assists. Now, with Swansea in the Championship and – like Huddersfield – playing an attractive brand of football, he could be tempted to go on loan to the Welsh side in January if Steve Cooper’s side came calling. Swansea may prove more tantalising than Huddersfield, given they sit fourth in the table.
Slightly more unlikely this one, but based off the fact that Norwich currently sit top of the Championship – and that a loan to the Canaries could grease the wheels for Leeds to bring in Todd Cantwell or Emi Buendia – both of which were linked with Leeds in the summer. Norwich boast plenty of foreign talent, playing an attacking style of football under a very good manager in Daniel Farke. A loan to Norwich could tempt Hernandez, if, of course, he was to leave.