Leeds United are firmly back in the race to win automatic promotion to the Premier League once again following their late winner against fierce rivals Millwall at the weekend. With just seven games left to go in the Championship season, nerves and anxiety are only likely going to continue to grow until the end of the campaign.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have, by in large, been outstanding for the majority of the season and have been towards the top of the Championship table for almost the whole time. The Argentine has clearly managed to get the best of the squad he has available to him, with some of his players appearing to thrive under his management style and the way he wants his team to operate.
One man that has been excellent throughout the campaign is Pablo Hernandez, as the veteran has proved instrumental in helping the Whites be on the cusp of ending their 15-year wait of trying to return to the top-flight and hit a brace against Millwall last weekend.
The Spaniard has earned plenty of praise from fans and pundits in the media for his performances in attack as he has been key in helping Leeds find the back of the net on a regular basis with his ability to dictate the play and create opportunities for his team-mates, as well as being able to finish off other chances that come his way.
However, something that can go unnoticed at times is his work rate, a key attribute that Danny Higginbotham has picked up on and decided to mention whilst working on Sky Sports News’ Match Centre programme on Thursday (via HITC Sport).
The pundit stated that he felt Hernandez was a ‘magician’ with the ball and praised him for what he offered the team.
“He’s a magician,” he said. “There’s no question about it, What I like about him is that we know what he is capable of. We know the assists that he is capable of. We know that when he picks up the ball he can pick up a pass.
“But, it’s his work rate as well. Sometimes that goes unnoticed. He’s got a really good work rate, I think that’s something that Bielsa’s looked at and said ‘everybody has to be at the top of the game’.
“He’s grabbed the game (against) Millwall by the scruff of the neck, arguably his best performance of the season. It’s just the position that he takes up. He’s so clever in terms of his movement. We know that the full-backs get forward and he’s a player that can drift around behind that front line.”
With just a few games left of the season to play, having a player of Hernandez’s ability in the team could be vitally important and the difference between Leeds winning promotion to the Premier League automatically or having to go through the ordeal that the play-offs can bring a club.
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