Congratulations to Pablo Hernandez, who has won the PFA Fan’s player of the month for August.
Congratulations to Pablo Hernandez who has won the PFA @BristolStMotors Championship Fans' Player of the Month!— PFA (@PFA) September 5, 2018
#PFAFansAward #LUFC @LUFC pic.twitter.com/JqmKIkBPWD
The Spaniard has had an impressive start to the season, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. He has been an integral part of the Leeds United side that has gone undefeated in the Championship.
Pablo Hernandez's fine start to the season has been rewarded with a @PFA Fans' Player of the Month nomination. The midfielder now has 10 goals and 10 assists in the @SkyBetChamp since the start of last season. #EFL #MOT pic.twitter.com/SArNGX5xfS— StatZone (@StatZoneSports) September 4, 2018
Hernandez has scored three goals and assisted on two others, while also creating 14 chances, second most in the Championship. Even Marcelo Bielsa, the legendary manager now in charge of Leeds, said that Hernandez “can improve me as a coach.”
| The nominees for the Championship PFA @BristolStMotors Fans' POTM!— PFA (@PFA) September 3, 2018
⚽ Pablo Hernandez
Who gets your vote? #PFAFansAward
Hernandez beat out some pretty stiff competition to win the award, including teammate Kemar Roofe. The other players that were nominated were Neal Maupay from Brentford, Nick Powell from Wigan Athletic, Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough, and Andreas Wiemann from Bristol City.
Hernandez even had to overcome two Leeds players in the voting, as a number of Leeds fans probably split the vote between him and Roofe, meaning that his win was even more impressive. Deliberate or not, putting two Leeds players in a fan vote would have given an advantage to the other players, as while Leeds fans do tend to go and vote in these kinds of things in great numbers, a split in the vote left both of them at a great disadvantage.
Here’s hoping that Hernandez can continue with the sort of form all season that lead to his nomination and win for the fan award. Oh, and also fair play from Leeds fans to overcome sandbagging and vote splitting to still select one of our own for the fan award.