Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Urquhart has claimed that Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez has seen a strange trait sneak into his game recently.

Urquhart believes that the Spanish magician has become sloppy in possession, and appears to give the ball away far too much in the middle of the park.

He did admit that even when Hernandez isn’t at his best, he is still involved massively – take his goal and assist against Hull City for example.

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Urquhart did go further to say that no Leeds fan will care if he continues to influence games at critical points just as he did against Hull.

“It’s what we talked about last week, isn’t it? About him almost not being at full tilt but still having the quality to have a massive impact on the game,” he said during the YEP’s Leeds United podcast.

“He’s had an assist and a goal, but still not been very good on the ball. To be honest, if he impacts games like that for the rest of the season, I don’t think anyone will care.

“Maybe we’re focusing too much, but he just seems to keep giving the ball away in quite a cheap manner, I don’t know if it’s something that’s creeping into his game.

“Obviously, he doesn’t get as much time as he would out wide but yeah, just a weird trait that’s snuck into his game.”

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Hernandez is adored at Elland Road for his efforts of single-handedly spearheading a promotion push when he first arrived, but now support has joined him – people seem to be noticing little mistakes.

The 34-year-old is influential in the final third, averaging 2.3 key passes per game according to WhoScored – the most in the entire squad. On top of that, he also averages 2.3 shots on goal, something only Patrick Bamford betters – he is the main man for the Whites.

We are on the wavelength that if Leeds do secure promotion to the Premier League, Hernandez will be one of the major reasons why, and whatever the Spaniard is doing seems to be working – so let’s get behind him.

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