Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez feels that the play-offs are not out of reach yet for the Whites and there is still a chance the club can make top places.
The former Valencia forward was speaking ahead of the Championship clash against Derby County on Wednesday night.
It is only Paul Heckingbottom’s third game in charge at the club.
With a win and a draw under his belt so far, the ex-Barnsley boss will be hoping to go one step better against the Rams by taking all three points.
But, the 32-year-old, who is free to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract comes to an end, is keen to remain at Elland Road after putting on a series on fine performances for the Yorkshire club.
Having said that, the forward is more concerned with matters on the pitch and as quoted in the Yorkshire Post, the Spaniard said: “I think it’s simple,
“We have in front of us 14 games. If you see the points in the last years, if we want to have a chance to finish in the play-off positions, we need to win a minimum of nine or 10 games. It’s this simple.”
However, considering the run of form Paul Heckingbottom’s side are in – without a win in eight games – a streak of ten league victories looks an unlikely feat.
And that’s exactly what supporters of the club have been saying in reaction to the forward’s statement as they scoffed at the forward’s comments.
Here is a selection of Tweets from social media following Hernandez’ statement:
I'd love it to happen, but back in the real world if we can string a good series of results and performaces end up 8th, but enthusiastic for next season, I'll take that.
— WJ (@jessop_william) February 21, 2018
Need to hit between 75-80 points. 9 wins certainly won’t do it 😕
— Chris (@Csbennett1988) February 21, 2018
For me there is a lot performances owed tonight not just saiz
— J.WALLA (@Jwa11a) February 21, 2018
10 wins gets us the same points tally as last season… and we finished 7th! Will definitely give us a chance though if we manage it.. can’t see it happening though
— Adam Clements (@adamclem88) February 21, 2018
Not a cat in hells chance of making playoffs imo but love to be proved wrong,are they up for fight ? MOT.
— R.Cartwright 💙💛 (@rogercart57) February 21, 2018
It’s simply not going to happen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride (tho perhaps enjoy is not quite the feeling I get) – more a palpable excitement/fear/hope that incredibly every loss refuses to diminish…(save mathematics )..
— BROLIN ATE THE PIE (@REDPLANET2025) February 21, 2018
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