Pablo Hernandez is the best signing Leeds United have made in the last 20 years according to Phil Hay.
The Athletic journalist has been reflecting on his time covering the Whites, which stretches back to the season Leeds were relegated from the Premier League.
He has picked out key goals from those 16 years, including Hernandez’s late winner at Swansea last season, which all but secured promotion.
Hay said of Hernandez on the Life Goals podcast with Theo Delaney, (59:38) “I think he’s been the best signing of the last 20 years.
“I just think his finesse and his ability and the way in which he drove that run-in.
“The key moments, assists, goals everything else, I spoke about the extreme Championship talent that you were looking at in him.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful goal.”
There have been a few factors key to our success in recent years.
The takeover by Andrea Radrizzani marked a big change off the pitch and the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa was a touch of genius.
Alongside that, bringing Pablo Hernandez to the club is what took us to the next level on the pitch.
Quite remarkably the Spaniard was signed on a free, yet he has gone on to win the Player of the Year award in every season he has been here.
That does not paint the full picture, however, as Hernandez’s influence had a clear impact on his teammates.
He came with a good reputation as a high calibre player and allowed us to start believing that the club was heading in the right direction.
The likes of Jermaine Beckford, Robert Snodgrass and Chris Wood were all brilliant signings for their own reasons.
However, they did not influence the culture of the club in the same way as Hernandez.
The £19,000 a week player brought flair and a spark of magic to a mid-table side, and exemplified what Bielsa wanted from his squad.
Hernandez gave us that much-needed boost at the end of last season, too, which was vital in our promotion push.
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