By Amir Mir
Noel Whelan has claimed that Pablo Hernandez has “Premier League quality” following his performance for Leeds against Burton on Saturday afternoon.
Garry Monk’s side recorded a 2-0 victory at Elland Road, with striker Chris Wood converting from the penalty spot and substitute Souleymane Doukara netting in stoppage time.
Winger Hernandez, who played 89 minutes for the Whites at the weekend, was an instrumental figure to the club picking up all three points.
This impressed former striker Whelan, who particularly praised the technical ability of the 31-year-old attacker.
“Pablo Hernandez supplied the through ball that led to the penalty and there’s only certain players that can make that ball happen,” Whelan told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“To hit it on the volley with that back spin that it had, in to Souleymane Doukara’s path, that’s a technique which is Premiership quality and we are lucky to have him here.
“I think it was a difficult game for him to come back to because it was quite a scrappy game and a physical kind of game and we didn’t really use him to our advantage much.”
Hernandez, who is on-loan from Premier League side Swansea has played 14 games for the Yorkshire club this season, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
The former Spain international has been an influential figure in Leeds sitting ninth in the Championship this season, with 23 points from 15 games, one point away from a play-off spot.
Monk’s side will now travel to Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon to take on Norwich, who were beaten 5-0 by Brighton at the weekend.
In other Leeds team news, Souleymane Doukara has spoken out about his struggles at the club, following his goal against Burton.