It’s not exactly controversial to suggest that Leeds United are a much better team with Pablo Hernandez in the side.
The Spaniard has hit six goals and six assists in 30 Championship outings this term, but has also suffered with the occasional bout of injury that has given his season a stop-start feel at times.
And invariably, when he doesn’t play, Leeds suffer.
By how much, however, is a matter of some debate.
According to Jack Harrison, the Whites aren’t overly reliant on the 35-year-old.
As quoted by Leeds Live, he said: “I don’t think it’s a reliance. We’re all aware how good he is and what he can provide coming into the game, I don’t think the team necessarily relies on him.
“He came in and helped out definitely. He’s a great addition to the team as well, but I don’t think we rely on him.”
But the stats seem to tell a different story.
As per Transfermarkt, of the 25 games Hernandez has started this season, Leeds have won 16, drawn four and lost five.
It’s worth noting too that one of those defeats came against Fulham when Hernandez was withdrawn after just three minutes.
Overall, that’s a win ratio of 64%, with a loss ratio of 20%.
Of the 15 games Hernandez hasn’t started, however, Leeds have won just six, drawn five and lost four.
That leaves them with a significantly decreased win ratio of just 40%, while the loss percentage rises to 26.7%.
A 24% disparity in win ratios based solely on the absence of one player is astronomical, and while Harrison might be right to argue that his side don’t rely entirely on Hernandez, it’s quite clear that they do rely on him an awful lot.
Let’s just hope and pray that he can maintain his fitness for the rest of the season, or Leeds could be facing a significant obstacle.
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