Leeds United round-up: Pablo Hernandez, Jean-Kevin Augustin latest


It could be a memorable season for Leeds United supporters.

After suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2004, it’s been 16 years since the club have played a match in the top flight of English football.

That could be about to change.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are on track to secure promotion to the Premier League as they sit in second place in the league.

Level on points with 1st place West Brom, Leeds are seven points clear of the play-off position with just eight games to go.

Attention now turns to Saturday’s clash with Fulham, while matters off the pitch are focused on preparing for what could be a busy old summer.

Here’s the latest news to come out of Elland Road.

Pablo Hernandez returns to training

Pablo Hernandez has returned to full training ahead of the clash with Fulham.

The playmaker missed the clash with Cardiff City with a muscle injury, but is firmly in contention for the promotion six-pointer at Elland Road on Saturday.

The news will be a huge boost to Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds fans as they prepare for one of the biggest games of the season.

Marcelo Bielsa provides Jean-Kevin Augustin update 

Marcelo Bielsa has said that he’s evaluating Jean-Kevin Augustin situation ahead of the season’s run-in.

The striker is currently on loan with Leeds United, however the Whites have an option to make that deal permanent in the summer for £18million.

Augustin has featured just three times for Bielsa’s side since joining the club, and looks like he could miss the rest of the campaign through injury.

But when quizzed on his future, Bielsa remained tight-lipped.

Quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa said: “We are following what he’s doing and after we evaluate what he’s doing we take a decision.”


Michael Brown backs Patrick Bamford after criticism

Former player Michael Brown has thrown his support behind Patrick Bamford.

The Leeds United striker has attracted criticism for the number of chances that he’s missed this term, but according to Brown, his performances are about much more than goals.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think this happens – when your team are not winning and not creating tonnes of opportunities, everyone’s going to look at the striker and say: ‘What more can he do, why did he not get into it?’

“You can’t blame Patrick Bamford for that performance from the whole team. I think he’s been incredible this season and I’m personally one person who really appreciates and has understood what he does for the team.

“No wonder he keeps getting picked. Once you get beat, everything gets put into perspective regarding you could do this, could do that, look at striker options, defensive mistakes.”

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