A section of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to slam Pablo Hernandez for his performance in the 4-3 defeat away at Liverpool on Saturday.
Hernandez, 35, made his first Premier League appearance in six years when he took to the pitch at Anfield after Marcelo Bielsa named the ex-Swansea ace to start in the Leeds midfield.
Although he’s been one of the stand-out players for Leeds while Bielsa has been in charge, the veteran Spaniard did little to impress supporters as the Whites narrowly lost on Merseyside to the reigning Premier League champions.
Stats by WyScout show that Hernandez completed just 58 per cent of his passes at Anfield this weekend and lost possession 13 times.
The attacking midfielder also managed just one touch inside the home side’s penalty area, didn’t assist any shots and failed to complete any dribbles before he was substituted off just after the hour mark.
It wasn’t a Pablo classic and Leeds fans on social media have made it very clear that was the case.
But you have to consider the age of Hernandez and the fact playing against the likes of Reading, Barnsley and Luton every week is a bit different to playing Premier League champions Liverpool.
We have sympathy for Hernandez and we don’t like seeing him criticised but we do understand why these supporters weren’t totally pleased by his display.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
PS was our worst player today together with PH.
PS will be better tough and Pablo is usually magic so we'll be fine.
— LUFC 🇸🇪 💛💙 (@vbLUFC) September 12, 2020
I agree Pablo was poor yesterday and we did miss Coops, also in all fairness I don’t think we will sign De Paul now because it’s dragging on too much.
— Connor Mahoney! LUFC (C) 🏆 (@ConnorMOT92) September 13, 2020
De Paul 🙌🏼 Pablo looked to struggle with the pace. He’ll do better in more controlled games imo.
— Kim B 💛💙 (@KimLeeds) September 13, 2020
Really gutted for Pablo tonight, thought he really struggled when I wanted him to do so well #LUFC
— Chris Bobby Moore (@moorie13) September 12, 2020
— LUFC Josh (@lufcjosh22) September 12, 2020
— Chris Lee (@Chris1014Lee) September 12, 2020
Salah wonder strike separates the sides in a entertaining half. Ayling outstanding , Pablo weakest player. Leeds been great.
— Andy LUFC (@AndrewRichardG5) September 12, 2020
Passing is terrible not just him dallas as well wouldn't Adam and eve it really!
— SG lufc (@FodenSG) September 12, 2020
I hate to say it, but Pablo has been weak. Would like to see Rodrigo on. #LUFC
— Anders, 🇩🇰 Leeds fan (@BenBuford11) September 12, 2020
Not many of Leeds’ players underperformed against Liverpool and we hope that after this baptism of fire, things will only get better and players like Hernandez will start to find their feet.
In other Leeds United news, Richard Keys blasted one thing that happened on Saturday.