By Neil Champney

28th Jun, 2020 | 8:30am

'Premier League quality' - Sky pundit issues glowing verdict on Leeds ace after 3-0 win v Fulham

Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez is a “Premier League quality” player, according to Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe.

The Spaniard started the 3-0 win over Fulham on the bench, but was introduced by Marcelo Bielsa at half-time and helped to turn the tide of the clash in Leeds’ favour, with their visitors beginning to move into the ascendancy.

Bielsa’s decision was vindicated when the 35-year-old turned provider for Jack Harrison’s third goal – a strike that put the game beyond any doubt following earlier contributions from Patrick Bamford and Ezgjan Alioski.

Sat deep in his own half, Hernandez fired a sweeping first-time pass over the top of the Fulham defence to send his teammate scampering through on goal to wrap up a result that saw Leeds move three points clear at the top of the table.

And Hinchcliffe was suitably impressed by what he saw from the veteran talisman.

Speaking during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the match (Sky Sports Football, 2.45pm, June 27th), he said: “Why was Pablo Hernandez sent on? To provide inch perfect passes like this.

“He’s got his back to Jack Harrison, yet he plays it into exactly the right spot, beautifully-weighted. He gets a little bit of luck, Harrison, but it’s all about the pass.

“That is Premier League quality from Pablo Hernandez.

“One of the passes of the season from the midfielder.”

Hernandez was, quite literally, a game-changer yesterday.

Leeds only had 43.2% possession against Fulham – a marked decrease on their season average of 61.66% – but at one stage in the first half, that figure was just 35%, as per Phil Hay.

They may have been winning, but it was very much the visitors who had the momentum.

Hernandez really helped to change that.

With a pass completion rate that was 0.3% higher than his season average, and with a dribble success rate of 100%, as per Wyscout, he looked sharp from the moment he was introduced.

His assist was just the icing on the cake.

Moments of magic like this one are what sets the 35-year-old apart from the vast majority of his peers in the second tier, and it’s no exaggeration to say that this was arguably the pass of the season.

Simply stunning from Pablo.

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