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13th Jan, 2017 | 10:45pm

Sky Sports pundit hails Leeds attacker in display v Derby, this is why he is so important

By Emma Sanders

David Prutton hailed the influence of Pablo Hernandez following Leeds’ impressive 1-0 victory against Derby on Friday evening, and said his set-piece delivery was “second to none”.

Garry Monk’s side recorded a commanding victory despite only scoring one goal and Leeds have climbed up to third place in the Championship table as a result.

Hernandez was the Man of the Match after another outstanding display for the Whites, but more importantly, Prutton believes his talents are starting to rub off on other players in the squad.

Prutton named Kemar Roofe as one player who appears to have improved by playing alongside Hernandez.

“He was fantastic. The selection he makes in the right areas are spot on. His set-piece delivery was second to none. He’s not scared of sticking his foot in too,” David Prutton told Sky Sports after the match.

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“That’s exactly what he is here for. Kemar Roofe almost mirrors the way Hernandez plays and it’s obviously rubbing off on him.”

Leeds picked up their sixth victory in seven games and look full of confidence heading into their next Championship clash against Barnsley a week on Saturday.

They missed a number of key players including Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Hadi Sacko and Charlie Taylor but Leeds were not phased and they dominated Derby despite the slender margin of victory.

Monk’s side are now in a commanding position in the league table and they look set to secure a play-off spot at the end of the season based on current form.

Hernandez joined on loan from real Vallecano in the summer but he signed a new long-term deal to keep him at the club permanently earlier this month.

In other Leeds news, these were the three things we learned from the victory over Derby.

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