Joe Urquhart believes that Pablo Hernandez has not been at his best in recent weeks, despite his goalscoring contributions.
The experience playmaker picked up two goals and two assists in his last three games against Reading, Middlesbrough and Hull City, leading the Whites to a series of crucial results.
The Yorkshire Evening Post writer was discussing the Spaniard in the latest episode of Inside Elland Road, where he said that Hernandez has developed ‘a weird trait’ in his game.
Urquhart said: “It’s what we talked about last week, isn’t it? About him almost not being at full tilt but still having the quality to have a massive impact on the game.
“He’s had an assist and a goal, but still not been very good on the ball. To be honest, if he impacts games like that for the rest of the season, I don’t think anyone will care.
“Maybe we’re focusing too much, but he just seems to keep giving the ball away in quite a cheap manner, I don’t know if it’s something that’s creeping into his game.
“Obviously, he doesn’t get as much time as he would out wide but yeah, just a weird trait that’s snuck into his game.”
Can you remember Leeds’ first 12 results this season?
The assessment of Joe Urquhart is an interesting one.
While Pablo Hernandez may have been a little bit sloppy on the ball, he’s still performing when it matters as he helps Leeds United to results.
I don’t think that Marcelo Bielsa will be overly worried about this ‘trait’, providing he keeps performing and contributing to the team.
With just 10 games to go it’s all about results and as long as they keep coming there’ll be no complaints.