By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Dec, 2021 | 7:10pm

Pablo Hernandez reacts on Instagram to Leeds United loss v Arsenal

Leeds United suffered their eighth defeat of the 2021-22 Premier League season at the hands of Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday.

The Gunners ran out 4-1 winners yesterday (18 December), but that did not stop Whites cult hero Pablo Hernandez from taking to his personal Instagram account to react.

The Spanish midfielder, 36, left the west Yorkshire giants at the end of 2020-21 after five seasons for Castellón, but he has continued to keep an eye on his former side’s result.

Hernandez was watching the Saturday game, and he said: “Come on, Leeds.”

Forever a fan

The Spaniard will forever hold the Whites dear to his heart, but he would not have been particularly pleased with the performance and result from his old side.

Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard ran the show in the middle of the park, and Leeds had no answer.

They could do with the creativity of Hernandez right now, and it is safe to say they have not found the perfect replacement for him since his departure.

Marcelo Bielsa has sometimes deployed Tyler Roberts, Rodrigo and Dan James as his attacking midfielder, but none have been able to come close to replicating the heroics of the former Elland Road favourite.

They have only averaged a goal per game so far this term, and while injuries have not helped, there is no doubt that they are missing a creator-a-chief.

Leeds have to make quality additions to their ranks in January in order to get their campaign back on track, and landing a creative genius would come in handy.

Victor Orta will be scouring all across Europe to find one, and getting one with half of Hernandez’s abilities on the ball would be huge.

In other Leeds United news, Whites chiefs recently jetted out of the UK for talks.