It has been quite the year for everyone associated with Leeds United, hasn’t it?
The Whites have gone from mid-table mediocrity to challenging for promotion in just under 12 months with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa last June resulting in a complete transformation at the club.
By winning the trust of his players at the beginning of the season, the Argentine’s distinctive style of play has resulted in several famous nights at Elland Road.
With Leeds set to play their final home fixture of the campaign on Wednesday, Bielsa will be hoping that his side can navigate their way past the challenge of Derby County and thus secure a trip to Wembley Stadium for the Championship play-off final on May 27th.
Despite the Whites currently hold a one-goal advantage over the Rams following their victory at Pride Park last Saturday, they know that if they are not at their very best, they could risk being eliminated from the competition.
Therefore, in order to avoid an upset against Frank Lampard’s side, Bielsa will undoubtedly have to rely on Pablo Hernandez to deliver the goods.
Although the former Athletic Bilbao boss revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he believes Pontus Jansson has been Leeds’ top performer this season, it could be argued that the defender has not made anywhere near the same level of impact as his Spanish team-mate.
Having been directly involved in 24 goals for the Whites during the 2018/19 campaign, Hernandez has proven to be a constant threat for his side and is one of the key reasons for why the Yorkshire-based outfit have been so successful this year.
Indeed, Jansson’s leadership skills cannot be questioned yet when his side needed him to step up during their battle with Sheffield United for the final automatic promotion spot in the Championship, he failed to deliver and instead played a part in their collapse.
Whereas the 28-year-old wasn’t exactly missed during last weekend’s showdown with Derby, whenever Leeds have had to play without Hernandez, they have struggled to cope this season.
Therefore, if the club do indeed secure a return to the Premier League after 15 years away, they will be thankful for the performances that the £1.8m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) was able to produce in the second tier during this particular period.
What do you think Leeds fans? Has Jansson had a better season than Hernandez this year? Are you confident that your side can prevail in the play-offs this month? Let us know below.
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