If new Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom has any realistic chance of recapturing the form that saw Leeds top of the table in August, then Pablo Hernadez has to start.
Pablo Hernández gave an impressive performance when he replaced the injured Kemar Roofe just before half time against #SUFC. Here are his stats from the game at the weekend #EFL #LUFC #MOT @PhillipStoner pic.twitter.com/XxkpyFxnWl— StatZone (@StatZoneSports) February 12, 2018
Hernandez’s numbers confirmed what everyone saw against Sheffield United, that the game changed for the better when he was on the pitch rather than Kemar Roofe. While neither Roofe nor Hernandez are wingers, per se, but Hernandez’s ability to control a match and pick out players to create chances far outstrips Roofe’s ability. And while Roofe might be more athletic and able to run, Hernandez has all of the veteran experience, if not the endurance.
Heckingbottom has talked about wanting to give it a shot to try and qualify for the playoffs, and while that’s nice to think and talk about, if he’s serious, he needs to start Hernandez. If he wants to see what the youth bring, then blood them and settle for midtable mediocrity.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Latest Mighty Whites Podcast is now available. [Through It All Together]
Adam Forshaw hopes to lead by example while at Leeds. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
England and English Football Links
Seven British clubs restart their European dreams this week. Who is likely to crash out and who is likely to embrace glory? [BBC.com]
World Football Links