Leeds United have been knocked off the top spot in the Championship. The West Yorkshire side have been struggling to pick up three points recently and drew with Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 on Friday night.
What is clear is that Leeds miss forward Kemar Roofe. His ability in front of goal has left Leeds short in attack and shy in the opposing area.
But, perhaps the bigger loss, has been Pablo Hernandez.
The Spanish playmaker, who was heavily praised by former Leeds player and current BBC Leeds pundit Noel Whelan recently, has been out of action since the 3-0 win against Norwich last month. With three goals and two assists in his five games for Leeds this season, the former Spanish international’s presence is clearly missed.
“Hernandez is Premier League quality. He can change games.
“The only frustration for him at times is that a lot of people are a step behind him. They are not on the same wave-length because he thinks so quickly and he wants the players to be up with him the way he thinks. That’s why he’s played in the Premier League.”
The 33-year-old looks to be in better shape this year compared to any other and that is perhaps a testament to the hard work Marcelo Bielsa put him through over the summer.
His return to the Leeds fold is unquestionably going to be key to the Whites fighting back from their recent difficult spell, especially in the attacking third.
Without him, Leeds lack that extra spark needed to get the win in close games. Hopefully, he will be back as soon as possible to take Leeds back to the next level.