Juventus have their Ronaldo;  Barcelona has their Messi. Manchester City has their De Bruyne; Liverpool has their Mo Salah. Leeds United have their Pablo Hernandez – that is all.

Quite simply put, and you can add in the short-term stay of Samu Saiz into this, Pablo Hernandez is THE MOST influential and skilful player to have graced Leeds United in recent years. When you look at him and take into account his age, he’s head-and-shoulders above anyone else at the club.

Since signing on from Qatari side Al Arabi, Hernandez has played with metronymic consistency for the Whites. He’s featured in 122 games that have returned 27 goals and 30 assists. Last season was a stand-out season for the two-time Whites Player of the Year as he rattled in 12 goals and provided 12 assists.

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In fairness, you’d probably get close to the unanimity of views from Leeds United fans on the importance of Pablo to the side – and that’s as rare as hens’ teeth is that. Full-on agreement between Leeds United fans is both rare and to be savoured.

But it was magician Pablo who came to the rescue today with a last-gasp winner against Western Sydney Wanderers. Rolling back the years, he drifted in from the right, beat a host of defenders and curled a  left-foot shot beyond the keeper’s despairing dive and into the top corner.


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It was the clichéd last meaningful kick of the game and brought a successful curtain down on the Whites two-game Australia tour.  It was a goal that many Leeds fans clamoured to comment about on Twitter. Here’s what some fans said in response to Pablo’s goal.

Pablo magic snatches friendly win – Whites fans comment




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My usually loud cynicism has turned to quiet optimism with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. I'm a father to three loud children; two fully-grown and one eight-year-old who thinks he is. My main job is in teaching but I find it cathartic to write about football when the opportunity arises. I mostly write about Leeds United but turn my hand to other clubs.