By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is building the Leeds team around Pablo Hernandez, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker highlighted the arrival of the playmaker on loan as a key element in the team’s transformation over the last month.
Hernandez had a slow start to his Elland Road career after joining the club late in pre-season but he has become increasingly influential in recent weeks.
Jansson delivered another impressive display last Saturday as Monk’s team beat Barnsley 2-1 to climb into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.
Leeds secured their fifth victory in six matches, and their fourth from five league encounters.
“In the current system, the 4-2-3-1 set-up, Pablo Hernandez is starting to really influence things,”Whelan wrote in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I watched the team closely against Barnsley and I noticed that every time a player had the ball at their feet, they got their head up and looked to find Hernandez straight away.
“All the time they were trying to feed him and it wouldn’t surprise me if one part of Monk’s instructions is to get possession to Hernandez whenever possible and then come alive off him.
“Hadi Sacko can make runs, Stuart Dallas can make runs and in between them you’ve got Hernandez trying to dictate things. That’s exactly what a number 10 is there to do and after a slow start he’s looking the part.”
The Spaniard played 84 mintues of the win over Barnsley in what was his eighth league start of the season for his new club, which have yielded two goals.
Barnsley are still ahead of Leeds in the table on goal difference but Monk’s side are now 11th after increasing their points haul in the campaign to 16.