Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Leeds United veteran Pablo Hernandez is one individual to keep an eye on ahead of the new Premier League this weekend.
The 35-year-old attacking midfielder was essential to the club’s promotion from the Championship last season and hr ended it in stunning form.
He played in 36 league games during the last campaign, scoring nine goals and supplying nine assists in return.
Despite his consistency throughout the year, he peaked in the final five fixtures with three goals and three assists in them to help achieve promotion.
The Spaniard is a creative playmaker that has to be towards the latter stages of his career and rarely completed 90 minutes after lockdown, but he was influential whenever he was on the pitch and still has a huge footballing brain.
BBC pundit Lawrenson has explained that he possesses that extra bit of quality in the Leeds dressing room and named him as one to watch in the upcoming campaign.
“Keep an eye out for Pablo Hernandez in midfield, who you might remember from his time with Swansea in the Premier League a few years back,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“He is 35 now and doesn’t start many games, but what a player he is when he comes off the bench – he has got fantastic vision and sees things no-one else in that team sees.”
It looks like Bielsa is going to manage Hernandez’s game-time during the new season, so it’s unlikely that Leeds fans are going to see him play the entire game on too many occasions.
But he’s got Premier League experience unlike so many of the Whites squad and he’s a real leader that so many teammates are going to turn towards in the difficult moments.
He’s such a brilliant luxury player to bring off the bench if Leeds are in need of a goal and clearly still has the ability to make a difference in games.