By Noel Whelan

15th Jan, 2020 | 7:00am

'Massive bonus' - Exclusive: Whelan drools after 'Brilliant' Leeds player sighting

Noel Whelan heaped praise on Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez after he got some minutes under his belt against Sheffield Wednesday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds striker admitted he was thrilled to see him back in action as he has returned to the fold sooner than expected.

Hernandez played 24 minutes of the 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday after missing the Whites’ previous three league games through injury.

Whelan heaped praise on Hernandez’s ability and pointed out the 34-year-old is capable of doing something special in matches.

When asked if Hernandez getting minutes was important as surely he’ll be able to settle the nerves after recent results, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah look he’s very experienced, he’s played at the highest level.

“He is a player who dictates the tempo of a game, he can control the game and I think that’s very important.

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“When you have someone who can control the tempo, help dominate possession, is very forward-thinking and very creative and can do something special, it’s a massive bonus.

“Because we weren’t expecting him back so soon, so it was brilliant for him to get some minutes under his belt.”

Hernandez has played 18 times across all competitions this season, scoring three goals and registering four assists in the process.

The Spanish playmaker has been with Leeds on a permanent basis since January 2017 and is contracted to stay at Elland Road until 2022.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have made an approach to sign Premier League midfielder after manager U-turn.