Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez returned to the side in devastating fashion against Newcastle on Wednesday evening.
The Spaniard came off the bench for the final eight minutes at Elland Road, and managed to claim two assists for Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison.
It was a timely reminder of what El Mago can do, and Marcelo Bielsa will be delighted to see his response after being left out of numerous games.
Kalvin Phillips was one of those who were blown away.
The England international delivered a message to his senior teammate on his personal Instagram account after the 5-2 thrashing.
“10 minutes, two assists, no problem,” he wrote. “Good to have you back, Pablo Hernandez.”
It certainly was good to have Hernandez back, and it put the icing on the cake of a near-perfect night in West Yorkshire.
With Diego Llorente on the horizon of a return, the Whites will be near to a full squad now that Hernandez has also returned to the fold.
Bielsa knows best, and it appears that he has unleashed Hernandez back into his side at the perfect time over the busy Christmas period.
Not only did he get two assists, but the magician also completed all but one of his 13 passes, and also made three-ball recoveries in midfield according to LUFCDATA.
There aren’t many better than Hernandez at full flow, and with the likes of Raphinha and Rodrigo also shining, Leeds have numerous options in the final third that can cause serious problems.
All three of those will be needed at different points of the season, and it is down to Bielsa to get the best out of them together – this was the perfect start.
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