Garry Monk has told The Sunday Mirror (19/7; page 68) that Pablo Hernandez is one of a number of Leeds United players capable of shining in the Premier League.
The Whites have enjoyed a remarkable weekend despite not playing since Thursday. Marcelo Bielsa’s side moved to within one point of promotion with their win over Barnsley. But they were lifted over the last hurdle by their rivals.
West Brom’s defeat at Huddersfield ensured that the Whites were going up. Meanwhile, Brentford’s loss at Stoke a day later ensured that Leeds will be crowned champions.
The Elland Road faithful will be waiting to see what changes are made ahead of their return to the top flight. But former boss Monk hinted that wholesale changes to the playing squad are not required.
Monk – who signed Hernandez during his time in charge – backed the Spaniard to make an impact at the highest level.
“He is a quality above in the Championship – it’s why I took him to Leeds,” he told The Sunday Mirror (19/7; page 68).
“He is one of the best players in the league, especially offensively.
“He is one of a number of Leeds players who have the quality to play at a higher level,” he added.
TBR View: Writing off Hernandez would be foolish
Hernandez will be 36 by the time Leeds’s first campaign in the top flight finishes. And that may leave some concerned about how influential he will be in the Premier League.
But the magician has proven any doubters wrong on numerous occasions during his time at Leeds. He is going to end this season with fewer than 30 Championship starts for the first time – and yet, he has still managed eight goals and seven assists.
In fact, he has had a direct hand in at least 14 league goals during each of his four seasons at Leeds.
He may not be targeting those sort of numbers next term. But it would be no surprise if he still manages play a crucial role for Bielsa’s side.