BBC pundit Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez can offer more despite starring in the 1-0 win against Reading.

The former Whites forward admitted that the Spaniard still has 25% more to offer in light of his recent performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

It was Hernandez who crafted the opening and winning goal over the Royals on Saturday, having three bites of the cherry before stabbing home.

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Whelan, despite being impressed with Hernandez went on to claim that the 34-year-old is still not playing to the maximum level of his capabilities in West Yorkshire.

“These sort of bigger players need to stand up now and take the game by the scruff of the neck,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Pablo Hernandez, the experience and the quality that he has, he’s not the heights of the last couple of season, he’s not playing to his maximum capabilities.

“We know there’s still another 25 per cent in that kid. We have to be asking more of certain players, to be more influential on the game for longer.”

Hernandez was influential in the win on Saturday and handed us all a timely reminder of his qualities in the heart of midfield as a playmaker.

The 34-year-old had six shots on goal according to WhoScored – double the number of any other player on the pitch. He also completed 58 accurate passes, only Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas managed more.

His 99 touches of the ball also proved his influence on the game, with no midfielder or attacker having more on the pitch from both sides.

It was vintage Hernandez at times, and if Whelan is right with his claim that he has even more to offer, Leeds fans could be in for a treat.

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