Luke Ayling has picked out current Leeds United teammate Pablo Hernandez as the best player he’s ever played alongside and claimed he’s made it easy for him on the pitch.
Ayling and Hernandez both moved to Elland Road back in 2016, with the latter joining on an initial loan deal before making his move to Yorkshire permanent.
They have turned out to be key players for the Whites ever since and are nailed-on starters under current manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Ayling, 28, has occupied the right-back position since his time at Leeds and has really stepped up the attacking side of his game.
Hernandez has played in front of Ayling as the right-winger for most of his Leeds career and has been the individual that has so often dug his team out of trouble.
The 34-year-old has been deployed in a more central midfield role this campaign to allow room for Helder Costa, but his importance in recent years can’t be understated.
“Pablo, I don’t think anybody comes close to the stuff he can do on a football pitch. The skill level that he’s got and what he’s done in his career,” Ayling told the club’s Instagram page.
“I had him in front of me for three years and it was the easiest thing I had to do. Pablo is the best player that I’ve played with in general, talent-wise there isn’t anybody that comes close to him.”
Hernandez has to be considered the best Leeds player of the last five years, despite the fact that academy graduate Kalvin Phillips is beginning to reach new levels and loanee Ben White has been exceptional this season.
Hernandez has suffered a slight individual drop off this campaign, but has still weighed in with six goals and six assists across all competitions.
The Spanish playmaker turns 35 in April and it’s unclear on how much more he’s got left in the tank, but having someone with his experience in the Premier League would be valuable if they were promoted.