Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe was left in awe of Leeds United ace Pablo Hernandez following his incredible assist for the Whites’ third goal at Elland Road on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges hosted Fulham in a game between two Championship promotion-chasers and were ahead after just 10 minutes, Patrick Bamford with the breakthrough.
Leeds led 1-0 at half time, with Bielsa taking off Bamford and Helder Costa in place of Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski.
The Whites’ half-time substitutions were inspired to say the least as, 56 minutes in, they were two to the good, Alioski slotting home after a quick break down the right, combined with poor Cottagers defending.
Then came Hernandez’s moment to shine, as he so often has done for Leeds, curling in a first-time, perfectly weighted long ball for Jack Harrison to race on to and duly slot past Fulham keeper Marek Rodak, off his legs.
“The reaction of the Leeds players tells you how important this killer goal is,” Hinchcliffe said during his Sky Sports commentary (16:35). “Hernandez was sent on to provide inch-perfect passes like this.
“He plays it into Harrison at just the right spot, perfectly weighted, Harrison gets a little bit of luck and then it goes through the goalkeeper. But it’s all about the pass. It’s Premier League quality from Hernandez and at 3-0 now, it’s very much game over, but one of the passes of the season.”
Leeds fans are spoilt for choice at present in terms of fan favourites but Hernandez is right up there, a player universally adored by everyone connected with the Elland Road club.
With his Leeds contract running until 2022, there is still plenty more to come from the evergreen Spaniard, and it would be just reward for him to finally get the chance to play in the Premier League with his beloved club.