Leeds United are on course for their first Premier League promotion since 2004 and will be looking towards their most gifted player to inspire the rest of the team through one of club’s most challenging seasons. But who is this individual?
There is an obvious gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship and then below.
Leeds are no different.
Having spent 15 years languishing around the lowest tiers of English football, their squad roster naturally reflects their success.
Only recently has Bielsa managed to conduct the team in such a way so to utilise the little ability left to him by previous managers.
But there is only so much the Argentine can do with his tactics. There has to be some quality on the pitch to keep things ticking, and fortunately for him, there is.
It still seems strange that Pablo Hernandez turns out in the Championship.
The former Valencia man really is a class above compared to his teammates, who, although decent enough at this level, have all largely been recruited for the purpose of playing the ‘Championship’ way.
Only Hernandez provides that touch of class you have come to expect with the Premier League.
Without wanting to make too basic of a comparison, he operates in a similar way his compatriot David Silva; that small presence around the box that knows how to create something from nothing; a magician with the ball at his feet, and an orchestrator in the forward positions.
It is no surprise that one of Leeds United’s earliest dips in form coincided with his injury.
A real quality player who has operated at the top level of England and Spain.