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Andy Couzens wants to see Pablo Hernandez play centrally for Leeds

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Andy Couzens wants to see Pablo Hernandez play centrally for Leeds

Andy Couzens has explained he would like to see Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez switch to a more central position, after starting the season on the right flank.

The 34-year-old is an attacking midfielder that has played a number of positions in his career, but Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa has preferred him on the right in recent weeks.

He’s played every minute of the new league season on the right, scoring two goals and supplying one assist in return.

Leeds host Brentford on Wednesday night in the Championship and it will be intriguing to see what attacking options Bielsa opts for.

Ex-Leeds midfielder Couzens admits he would like to see Hernandez drift into a central role, something he’s done before.

That would allow summer recruit Helder Costa to be drafted into the starting XI, as the right-winger has only been used as a substitute so far in the league since his move to Elland Road.


“I’d quite like to see him (Costa) down the right-hand side, and I’d quite like to see Hernandez in the middle of the park to try and pull the strings,” Couzens told Football League World.

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TBR’s View:

Hernandez has been starting on the right flank, but he has a free license to drift inside and is the most creative threat in the team.

He is so intelligent at picking up pieces of space in the final third and it looks like the veteran will continue playing a key role this season, as the Yorkshire giants launches another attempt at a promotion bid.

It does make sense for Leeds to try fit Costa into their XI, as he is a high-profile arrival from Wolverhampton Wanderers and has the quality to light up the Championship.

But after seven points from the first three league games it makes little sense to change the team and Costa may need to be patient.

Hernandez is going to be a creative force wherever he lines up on the pitch, but for now is enjoying the freedom operating on the right.

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