Leeds journalist singles out the one player who was truly unplayable in triumph against Burton
By Harry Sykes
Pablo Hernandez was the one Leeds United player who was “unplayable” in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Burton Albion, according to a journalist covering the club.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay hailed an exceptional performance from Thomas Christiansen’s side as they put struggling Burton to the sword.
Hay posted high ratings for the majority of Leeds’ team but singled out Hernandez for being the most influential player on the pitch.
“Hard to single one player out but Hernandez was unplayable,” Hay wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Drifted all over the pitch, passing crisply and creating holes. The Spaniard at his best.”
The playmaker, 32, was a key member of the team assembled by Garry Monk on a shoestring budget and which overcame the odds to challenge for a promotion before a final-month collapse resulted in a seventh-place finish last season.
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Hernandez was the established No10 under the former manager, scoring six goals and supplying eight assists from 35 league matches in his debut campaign.
Many felt the Spaniard, who signed a 12-month contract extension in May that runs until the end of this season, would slip down the pecking order after new manager Thomas Christiansen sanctioned a massive overhaul which led to a phalanx of attacking midfield arrivals led by Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski.
But Hernandez has started all six of the team’s league matches this season and has been influential in them climbing to second in the Championship table, with a haul of 14 points out of a possible 18 from their six matches to date.
Manager Christiansen has overseen an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions since taking the helm, including six victories.