Marcelo Bielsa has handed the task of selecting Leeds United’s captain to his playing squad.
Leeds have lost Liam Cooper for around six weeks to a knee injury, which has deprived Bielsa of his captain for a crucial festive period.
Usually, the head-coach would select who takes over, but Bielsa has revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay that he will allow Cooper’s teammates decide who will captain the Whites against Queens Park Rangers.
With Cooper missing this weekend, Bielsa says he won't choose the captain himself. "The captain represents his team-mates and the natural thing to do is that the captain is chosen by his team-mates." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 6, 2018
Pablo Hernandez was the player to captain Leeds to a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United last time out and remains an option to take the armband from Cooper in the coming weeks.
However, there are other options for Bielsa to consider, with Pontus Jansson and Kalvin Phillips two players who will be under consideration for the role.
It’s caused plenty of debate amongst Leeds’ supporters on Twitter, with many offering their thoughts on who should captain the team on Saturday…
— eamot (@EamoV1) December 6, 2018
Love this guy so much.
— I Am Incorrigible (@ImIncorrigible) December 6, 2018
Pablo will be captain of course #lufc
— DavidK (@DavidKershaw7) December 6, 2018
Pontus, though he might get carried away with passion and get sent off ????
— Dylan Payne (@DylanPayne13) December 6, 2018
Phillips or Jansonn will be captain
— C D (@Mrcd1990) December 6, 2018
Phillips or Douglas for me
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) December 6, 2018
Him or Jansson, but PJ never seems to want it
— LUFC (@MBsRevolution_) December 6, 2018
Captain is too much for pablo, give to Phillips he has been a rock in the team
— George Withey (@withey_george) December 6, 2018