Pablo Hernandez’s brace on Saturday helped Leeds United claim an important 3-2 victory over Millwall and will surely live long in the memory for every White reading this. Whether the club are ultimately promoted or not, moments like that truly are what football is about.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men had to work hard for the three points due to a resistant Millwall team, who could easily have walked away from Elland Road with at least a point but the determination and desire from a player like Hernandez once again inspired this Leeds team to get over the line.
Speaking in his post-match conference, Bielsa emphasised the valuable leadership qualities the winger brings to the team and why he has been such an influential player for them this campaign.
With ten goals and 11 assists so far this season, Hernandez has been one of the club’s main attacking threats in the league and has been brilliant at finding other players in better positions. His experience has contributed enormously to the team and has helped club-captain Luke Ayling in his job like on Saturday when Hernandez scored in the 83rd minute to give the Yorkshire club the lead.
Indeed, the 33-year-old captained Leeds on two occasions in December last year, scoring in both the encounters with QPR and Bolton, which Leeds won respectively.
That already showed that Bielsa backs him as one of the group’s leaders and his role as a sort of ‘captain’ in the squad could be pivotal in Leeds’ quest play in the Premier League again next season, whether that will be through the playoffs or automatic promotion.
The composure of Hernandez will be very important in those encounters, though, both because of his individual qualities and the responsibility of motivating the team to get the job done.
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