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Bielsa’s creative cog: A closer look at Pablo Hernandez’s influence at Leeds United in 2018/19

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This season, Pablo Hernandez has been playing the best football of his three-year spell with Leeds United, with the Spaniard clearly thriving under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.  

Leeds’ supporters adore Hernandez, with the 33-year-old bringing real swagger to Elland Road with everything he does. The fact he’s a doubt tonight to face Derby County is a mammoth blow for the Whites.

In our latest FLW Spotlight, we take a look at Hernandez’s 2018/19 impact:

Hernandez has featured on 19 occasions so far for Leeds this season, missing seven fixtures through injury earlier in the campaign.

In that time, he’s equalled his best ever goal tally for Leeds, netting seven times. In addition to that, he’s registered an impressive 10 assists, proving to be the key creative cog at Elland Road.

There’s an average of 2.5 shots per game, as well as 3.2 key passes from the former Valencia man.

On average, Hernandez attempts 52.4 passes per game, which come at a success rate of almost 75%.

The Verdict  

It’s a cliché, but Hernandez is really like a fine wine, he’s getting better and better for Leeds and has been their Player of the Season so far.

Bielsa’s style of football suits him down to the ground and a switch into the No.10 role in recent weeks is only going to add to his influence, with those numbers expected to rocket.

Leeds are fighting for promotion this year and it is obvious that Hernandez is going to be key during the run-in.

It’s a case of managing Hernandez correctly and not overworking him, as he will be difference in the tight games, as he has been already this season.

Thoughts? Let us know!

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