Michael Brown has lauded the “unpredictable” nature of Leeds United attacker Pablo Hernandez after his performances this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Elland Road enforcer insists that Marcelo Bielsa and his men have missed the veteran’s creativity up front when he has been missing.
Bielsa confirmed at his pre-match press conference that he would have the same squad of players to pick from against Reading this weekend, singling out the Spanish playmaker for his influence in the attacking third.
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Bielsa said: “Hernandez has a high impact on the team and when he plays well the team play well. He is a player who helps his teammates, he leads them to have good offensive play.”
Brown has echoed the manager’s thoughts about the former Swansea City maestro, insisting he can bring a spark to the side that others cannot.
“I think what he does is that creativity,” Brown told Football Insider when asked about the 34-year-old’s influence on the side.
“He’s missed a couple of games but it’s a nice combination, isn’t it – (Kalvin) Phillips, Hernandez and (Mateusz) Klich, those three. He likes Hernandez, it’s that bit of creativity, I’d say.
“He’s unpredictable, he can get a goal, create opportunities so yeah, he’s always a great addition to the team. They’ve just got such a balanced squad, they want to keep that consistency. A few injuries and suspensions doesn’t help that flow when you come under tough games.”
Hernandez has played 24 times this season with four goals and four assists to his name, two separate injuries keeping him sidelined in October and December.
He is now four appearances away from 150 for Leeds and 11 off the 157 games he played for Valencia, the most he has featured at any of his former clubs.
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