Former Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has suggested that Pablo Hernandez is one of the best players in the Championship.
Grayson, also a former Leeds United boss, was speaking to talkSPORT about the Whites’ win against West Brom on Friday night.
He’s currently out of work after leaving Bradford City in the summer and is working as a pundit in the interim period.
He watched his former side beat the Baggies in a vital promotion clash on Friday, lifting them to second in the table. The 49-year-old was impressed with his former charges, especially bouncing back from the damaging QPR defeat.
“They were impressive from the first seconds,” Said Grayson on talkSPORT (Monday March 4th 18:22). “Getting the early goal, gave them a major boost but the major thing was to respond after losing to QPR on Tuesday night and to go and play with the intensity on the ball, off the ball, three days later.”
Presenter Matt Holland suggested that Jack Grealish and 33-year-old Hernandez were the best in the division, a feeling Grayson immediately echoed.
“Well the two that you mentioned there, I think when Leeds play well it’s cause Hernandez plays well but the boy at Wigan Reece James whose on loan from Chelsea may go under the radar but this kid is going to be a player.”
Leeds kept their place in the automatic promotion spots last night, by virtue of the 0-0 draw coming out of the steel city derby.
Hernandez is one of the very best in the Championship. He is Leeds’ heart beat. He makes them tick and as Grayson says, when he is on form, they are on form.
In terms of consistency, Grealish has a long way to go to match the Spaniard.