By Mark Smith

25th Feb, 2020 | 8:40am

'Priceless' - YEP journalist praises magic of Leeds star that will be vital in promotion push

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Urquhart has singled out Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez after his match-winning goal against Reading.

Urquhart also pointed out his pass in the game against Cardiff for Helder Costa’s goal, claiming it was an assist that only he could pull off.

Saturday’s winner was the 34-year-old’s first goal involvement in his past five outings in the Championship, with his last coming against Millwall.

Urquhart admitted that Leeds will need similar moments of magic from every member of the squad between and the end of the season.

“That is another example,” he said on the YEP’s weekly Leeds podcast.

“He just sees a pass that none of us saw, we’re sat there thinking how has he picked that out, the balls in the back of the net – cheers Pablo.”

“It’s just that little vision and sight that unlocks defences that is priceless at this level because when you see games that are so close and so tense at times at Elland Road, having that bit of magic can really provide a spark.

“We saw it again and Leeds are going to need that, not just from Pablo, but from everybody in the next sort of 10-12 games.”

Marcelo Bielsa has admitted recently that Hernandez is much more effective in the middle rather than outwide, despite the Spaniard having been involved in 24 goals last season.

Hernandez is still a vital part of this Leeds side, even if he has been involved in fewer goals this season. The magician is the creative spark in the heart of the side, averaging 2.2 key passes per game – the most in the entire Whites squad [WhoScored].

If Leeds are to be promoted, Hernandez will have a massive say on that – we all know that, and 12 more performances similar to the one against Reading could secure our fate.

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