After briefly returning to Spain and enjoying short spells in both the UAE and Qatar, Leeds United brought Pablo Hernandez to the club in August 2016 on a short term loan deal before they decided to take up the option of making his stay permanent in January 2017.
Hernandez’s experience and technical quality are two assets which are invaluable for any promotion chasing Championship side so it’s no wonder he has established himself as a firm fan favourite since arriving at Elland Road.
Although his form has made him popular amongst the Leeds faithful, the initial response to his arrival on Twitter suggests the supporters were sure of his quality from the outset.
bienvenidos a Leeds United Pablo ! This guy should be the real deal that helps us to promotion !
— Mark P Makey (@markpmakey) August 2, 2016
— OldSchool (@Monkiimagic) August 2, 2016
this is a brilliant signing and things are looking up at the club, Cellino might be starting to turn the corner, so stop moaning
— Lachlan Wright (@Lachlan_Wright1) August 2, 2016
Welcome Pablo!! Quality player.
— Benjamin Thornton (@BenjaminTlufc) August 2, 2016
things are looking bright for the 2016-1017 season. 6 days to go. Cmon Leeds
— Phil Clark (@PhilWesley08) August 2, 2016
Welcome Pablo great signing look forward to seeing you playing!
— Barrie Worsnop (@gillroydmor) August 2, 2016
Indeed, such was the extent of the enthusiasm that a handful of Leeds supporters even took the opportunity to praise the incredibly unpopular Massimo Cellino following Hernandez’s arrival.
Hernandez’s class became abundantly clear in the early stages of his Leeds career and his performances have been a constant bright spark in the past two years.
Despite the fact the Spanish playmaker turned 33 earlier this year, he has started the season in electric form with 3 goals and 2 assists from 5 Championship appearances, taking his all time record with the club to 18 goals and 20 assists from 86 appearances.
Considering Hernandez is supposedly past his best and a winger by trade, his return is absolutely outstanding.
He has thoroughly justified the initial hype which characterised the mood amongst the Leeds supporters following his arrival in 2016, but he could yet write his name into the history books by playing a starring role in the club’s promotion bid.
After thriving in La Liga with Valencia for the majority of his career and providing a spark in the final-third at Swansea, Hernandez’s arrival could justifiably have been labelled a coup in 2016 and the quality and consistency of his form for Leeds has served to legitimise that opinion.
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