The arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United last summer was a godsend for one particular player at Elland Road.
Having spent the majority of his career playing for clubs who share a similar philosophy to the Argentine’s way of playing football, Pablo Hernandez must have been delighted when chairman Andrea Radrizzani made the appointment.
Although it is fair to say that the entire Leeds squad have benefited from being coached by Bielsa, it is of no coincidence that the former Valencia midfielder is enjoying his best season for the club to date.
Hernandez has scored 10 goals in the Championship for the Whites whilst he has also provided 11 assists for his teammates as his all-round contribution has played a major role in putting his side in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Yet despite illustrating an incredible level of consistency throughout the 2018/19 campaign, the 33-year-old was left out of the Championship Team of the Season, much to the surprise of Leeds supporters. Rather than letting the disappointment of being snubbed have a negative impact on his mentality, Hernandez should, in fact, use it as a motivating factor for the final eight fixtures.
The Spaniard’s talents on the ball provide Leeds with a deadly threat from midfield and if he continues his form, Bielsa’s side should be in with a fantastic chance of finishing in the top two and therefore securing Premier League football for next season. Individual success can be rewarding for a player but in Hernandez’s case, it would be a much bigger achievement if he is remembered by Whites fans as one of the key reasons why their club finally made their return to the top flight after 15 years away.
Victory at the weekend against Millwall would go a long way in reaching this goal for Leeds who by no means out of contention for automatic promotion despite their recent slip up at home against Sheffield United.
What do you think Whites fans? Should Hernandez use his snub as motivation for the rest of the season’s action? Is he your key weapon in the promotion race? Let us know below.
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