New Leeds arrival is a cut above anything else in the division - BBC journalist
COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
New Leeds signing Pablo Hernandez is too good for the Championship, according to a BBC journalist.
BBC Yorkshire broadcaster Adam Pope hailed the four-times Spain international after he was confirmed as Leeds’ first signing of the January transfer window.
The high flying second-tier club announced on Monday afternoon that Hernandez has signed permanently from the club from Qatari outfit Al-Arabi.
The 31-year-old new arrival had impressed the Leeds hierarchy after joining on an initial five-month loan deal that expired last week.
Pope took to his personal Twitter account on Monday to hail Hernandez and explain why he will be a central figure for the remainder of the campaign.
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“Hernandez on his day a cut above this division,” said Pope. “Keep him injury fee and he could be crucial to a promotion push.”
Hernandez on his day a cut above this division. Keep him injury free and he could be crucial to a promotion push. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) January 9, 2017
The Yorkshire giants revealed in a statement that playmaker Hernandez has joined on an initial six-month deal, with the option for Leeds to extend it by 12 months at the end of the agreement.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 9, 2017
Hernandez has made a big impact since being one of 11 senior signings last summer along with the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Luke Ayling and Hadi Sacko.
The 31-year-old has scored three goals and supplied three assists in 17 Leeds appearances, and has slotted impressively back into the team in recent weeks after a seven-week absence with a hamstring injury.
Hernandez is one of the first names on the team sheet of the fifth-placed Championship side, who have genuine ambitions of a top-six finish this season.
The Spaniard could be rested from the starting line-up for Leeds’ FA Cup third round clash against second-tier Cambridge United on Monday night.
In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed for the club after agreeing terms.