By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has claimed that current attacker Pablo Hernandez “looked lost” in Saturday’s draw against Ipswich.
The Yorkshire giants battled to a 1-1 draw at Portman Road with an early goal from Freddie Sears cancelled out by a Stuart Dallas effort just before half time.
Hernandez, 31, played the full 90 minutes in Garry Monk’s side’s stalemate in the central attacking midfield position.
However, a number of fans were disappointed with what the Spaniard had to offer and of those includes BBC Radio Leeds pundit Whelan.
“I think you need to bring the wingers up a bit to break down their bank of five at the back – you pull the full backs away, and then get a runner from midfield, and you pull defenders out of their comfort zone,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the BBC Leeds matchday blog (Saturday, 5.07pm).
“You can still stretch defences without two up front, but the midfield players need to step in.
“I think Hernandez looked a bit lost. They played the conditions better than us – we got Hernandez on the ball, but when you can’t take away any of the centre halves, you do have a problem. We didn’t trouble them enough.”
Hernandez made the move to Leeds on an initial loan deal from Qatari outfit Al-Arabi in the summer.
He impressed in his first few months at the Yorkshire giants and the club moved swiftly to tie him up to a permanent deal in January.
The attacker was very impressive in his side’s 2-1 victory over Bristol City in midweek with a goal and an assist and he will be hoping to recapture that form with an important clash against sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday coming up next on Saturday.
With 13 matches of the season left Leeds will be keen to ensure they don’t drop too many more points as they have set themselves in a great position to win promotion.