Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be over the moon with Pablo Hernandez following his performance against Newcastle United on Wednesday.
That is according to former England international Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the “incredible” 35-year-old’s display at Elland Road.
Hernandez grabbed two assists in an eight minute cameo as Leeds recorded their biggest Premier League win since the 6-1 thrashing of Charlton Athletic in April 2003 with a 5-2 victory over the Magpies.
Pablo Hernandez vs. Newcastle:
8 minutes played
12/13 successful passes
4/5 successful final third passes
3 ball recoveries
2 assists 🎯🎯
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 16, 2020
Hernandez was frozen out of the side by Bielsa last month after he reacted angrily to being replaced by Tyler Roberts in a home defeat to Leicester City.
Wednesday’s win over Newcastle, which lifted the Whites to 13th in the table, was the Spanish midfielder’s first appearance since the incident.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Hernandez’s stats against the Toon, Phillips said: “It’s incredible.
“It just goes to show how important he is to that side. He is a great player.
“They were full of energy again last night, all over the pitch and then to have a player like Hernandez to come on…
“As a manager you want players to come off the bench and effect the game. That is what you want and when a player does it really pleases you.
“Those are some really impressive stats from Pablo Hernandez and he will bring more competition to that midfield over the festive period.”