Jermaine Beckford has claimed that the return of Pablo Hernandez from injury is massive for Leeds United and admitted that he loves watching him play.
The Spanish attacker started his first game since September at the weekend, as the Whites recorded a 2-1 away win against Luton Town in the Championship.
He’s had a lengthy spell watching on from the sidelines and returned to action with two brief substitute appearances before the international break.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa recalled him to the team against Luton, where Leeds earned three points to help them climb to second in the Championship table.
The right-winger was a real threat in the final third by seeing plenty of possession and he helped link up with his teammates.
Ex-Leeds forward Beckford is a big fan of the playmaker and feels he will be a major player moving forward.
“Pablo Hernandez is one of those players that I really enjoy watching because he does a lot of things off the cuff, but he’s so exciting, so creative. That’s something that has been missing,” Beckford told LUTV.
“We’ve not quite created the same sorts of opportunities. He offers so many different things, his movement is brilliant, his ball control is really good. I just think he needs a few more games to pick up his match fitness, but aside from that I think he’s going to be a really important player for us.”
Hernandez is still one of the outstanding talents in the division on his day and definitely improves Leeds when he plays.
The 34-year-old has had a difficult individual campaign so far, but it looks like he will be available during a busy fixture run-in and that’s a considerable boost.
He scored 12 goals and supplied 12 assists in the Championship last season, which highlights his importance at Elland Road and it would be no surprise to return to that level.