By Harry Sykes
Pablo Hernandez has revealed that “it wasn’t good for me” when Garry Monk quit as Leeds manager in May.
The playmaker was a key member of the team assembled by 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.
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 securing 14 points to be placed second in the table.
Monk was responsible for signing Hernandez a year ago, bringing his former Swansea City colleague back to England from Qatar.
Hernandez had only just earned an extension to his contract in May when Monk resigned from his job as manager and left to take charge of Middlesbrough.
“I arrived here because Garry called me but it’s football and football sees continuous change,” Hernandez said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “When he left it wasn’t good for me but I had a contract here and I was happy to continue with the club and a new gaffer.
“I’m very happy with (Christiansen) because he knows my style. His style is very Spanish because he’s a Spanish gaffer and all his staff are Spanish. I think this helps me to show my best football.”
Hernandez will be hoping to keep his position in the Leeds starting XI for Tuesday night’s home clash against Birmingham.
Competition for attacking places are fierce following the deadline day signings of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki, and the form of the likes of Saiz, Alioski and Kemar Roofe.
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