By Harvey Byrne
Neil Redfearn believes Leeds’ midfield set-up against Preston on Saturday allowed Pablo Hernandez to show his class.
The 31-year-old attacker has come in for criticism in recent times after struggling to show the same ability as he had earlier in the season.
However, the Spaniard starred as the Yorkshire giants earned a convincing 3-0 win over Preston at the weekend, getting on the score sheet alongside Kemar Roofe and Souleymane Doukara.
Leeds started the match with a central midfield pairing of youth graduates Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira while Hernandez played just in front in an attacking midfield three with Roofe and Alfonso Pedraza and Redfearn believes the youngsters are key for freeing up Hernandez and getting the best out of him.
“I thought the midfield, how it was set out with Vieira starting and Phillips and Hernandez in there, I thought it worked a treat,” told Redfearn to Radio Yorkshire.
“I thought it got legs around him and freed Hernandez up. I thought he had a great game and it just looked better balanced and more positive.”
Leeds fans have been aware of the qualities of Hernandez after he signed in the summer on an initial loan deal from Qatari club Al-Arabi.
His impressive performances saw the club tie him up to a permanent deal and he will be keen to continue impressing for the Yorkshire club as they sit in fifth place in the Championship table.
League toppers Newcastle are Garry Monk’s side’s next opponents on Friday evening and Hernandez will want to continue with his fine form.
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