With Marcelo Bielsa announcing in his press conference today that there is a question mark over Pablo Hernandez’ fitness heading into Leeds’ trip to the Deepdale on Tuesday Evening. Many Leeds fans were left scratching their heads over how Leeds will cope without the man who has been so key to some of their best performances this season.

Whilst Bielsa admitted that Roofe will play in Pablo’s position should he be missing, I think there’s more than meets the eye to this. To summarise:

  • It’s likely Tyler Roberts and Kemar Roofe play in a more fluid role, we have seen Roberts operate from a wider position a couple of times this season when he has been able to use his pace to his advantage to break quick and been forced wide. He’s shown he’s very competent doing this. Likewise, Roofe has played in the position behind the striker a couple of times and may find a bit more space in this role then he would playing the out and out striker position. This could work to his benefit. As mentioned previously, Roofe is comfortable dropping deep and playing his role in link-up play.
  • Further into the match, I think we’ll see Jack Clarke introduced a lot earlier, perhaps even at half-time. Especially if Leeds have been frustrated by a tight Preston defence in the first-half. Clarke adds a dimension that Pablo has, but some of our other wingers don’t. His dynamism and more direct style may be necessary.