Darren Bent has urged Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to bring attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez back into the side as soon as possible after his injury layoff.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker was left raving over the abilities of the Spanish playmaker, insisting that he has the quality to produce a bit of magic when others might be struggling.
The 34-year-old has missed the last five Championship games for Leeds with niggling injury problems, first in the calf and then in his hamstring.
With Leeds having won two, drawn one and lost another two games in his absence, Bent says that Bielsa needs to get him and his creative talents back into the side sooner rather than later.
Bent told Football Insider: “He’s been a big miss. He’s a creative player who can create something out of nothing.
“It’s difficult because the Leeds fans love him, the players love him, he’s that one player where you know you can just give him the ball, it could be off-script and he’ll do something, a bit of magic, that will completely change the dynamics of the game and ultimately win the game.
“They are missing someone like that and the sooner they can get him back, the better.”
Hernandez has been one of Leeds’ mainstays for a number of years, playing 130 times during his time at Elland Road, including starts in the opening eight league games of the season.
Leeds’ next clash sees them take on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, having drawn 1-1 with Preston North End in midweek.
In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent suggests that Premier League sides are lining up to sign one player from Elland Road in January.