MOT View: Different role for Leeds star bringing big rewards for Bielsa
We all know the class Pablo Hernandez possesses. The Spaniard has certainly been the best player at Leeds United since arriving at the club.
Last season, we more than often utilised the veteran playmaker out wide. Although he hit double figures in both goals and assists, a slight change this season has seen him thrive for the Whites.
The 34-year-old has been moved more central in this campaign, and he played a vital role in the win over Huddersfield Town – scoring the second to seal all three points.
Looking at his stats from the 2-0 victory in the West Yorkshire derby, Hernandez was at the heart of everything we did in the clash.
LUFCDATA released his numbers on their personal Twitter account, and it showed Hernandez making the most touches and successful passes of any player on the pitch.
Pablo Hernandez vs. Huddersfield:
87 touches (most)🌟
82.1% pass acc.
55/67 successful passes (most)🌟
12 ball recoveries (most)🌟
4 chances created (joint-most)🌟
2 tackles won
1 goal ⚽
Pablo got on the scoresheet, created 4 chances & made the most ball recoveries.👊 pic.twitter.com/cFs8XAAI7w
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 7, 2019
Moving Hernandez in-behind Patrick Bamford has been a masterstroke from Marcelo Bielsa. It allows the magician to get on the ball in much more dangerous positions – something which resulted in him creating the most chances on the pitch against the Terriers.
Something which caught our eye was his ball recoveries. Hernandez made 12, which was once again the best on the pitch. That proves he is disciplined enough to track back and help out in defence – something which also helps the Whites play out from deep in games.
Keeping Hernandez in the middle of the park has also helped Helder Costa and Jack Harrison. Both have started to thrive out wide in recent weeks, and we believe those three players could be key to our promotion push this season.