Leeds United: Phil Hay details how Pablo Hernandez is viewed behind the scenes

Pablo Hernandez Leeds United

Stating that Pablo Hernandez is important to the Leeds United cause is by no means the hottest footballing take.

A crucial figure in the Championship-winning campaign, the Spaniard’s nine goals and as many assists helped Marcelo Bielsa finally bring the Whites back to where they belong.

So, while his importance is obvious, further insight from Phil Hay in The Athletic is interesting.

According to Hay, Hernandez is held up as a ‘pillar of professionalism’ behind the scenes at the Yorkshire giants and only ‘faltering performances’ can ‘provoke what little temper’ the veteran has in his footballing life. 

Given Bielsa himself is a notoriously demanding coach, it’s easy to see why the pair have worked together to so much success.

Clearly, no one has needed to justify his signing from Al-Arabi but the insight further proves what a genius move it was, when his top-level career in Europe looked all but over following his move to Qatar in 2014. 

It’s been a stop-start season for the 35-year-old in that he’s only started twice and made a further two appearances off the bench in the Premier League amid injury problems.

No player has so far been able to register more than two assists either so being able to rely on such a creative outlet is another clear boost once he gets himself up to speed. 

While Leeds have impressed, having a player of such mentality available more often should be another bonus as they look to make their mark on the top-flight. 

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