'Truly incredible' - Sky Sports pundit pays glowing tribute to 'magician' Hernandez after exit reveal

Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham has claimed that Pablo Hernandez will “go down in history as a real Leeds United great” after it was announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 12:50 pm
Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The Spaniard has been at Elland Road since 2017, arriving from Qatari side Al-Arabi SC on a free transfer.

Since then, the veteran playmaker has gone on to make 174 appearances for the Whites, scoring on 36 occasions and assisting a further 41 goals.

Hernandez has struggled for regular game time this season, however, and has been limited to just two starts in the Premier League.

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Leeds confirmed on Friday that the 36-year-old will be departing, along with defender Gaetano Berardi, after Sunday’s final day clash against West Brom.

Reacting to the news on Sky Sports’ Football Show, Higginbotham said: “He’s known as the magician, and what he’s done for the club over the years…

"We’re seeing a Leeds United team now under Bielsa just having an incredible season, taking the Premier League by storm, but what we can’t forget is that there were a few years that weren’t so memorable.

"But the one constant standout performer in that time was Hernandez – the year they got promoted, the year before when they missed out. He’s just been incredible.

"People talk about Leeds United in the Championship, and there was a lot of pressure on them then. Every single season they were expected to be challenging, and he was the one constant.

"He is truly incredible, and he’s been a fantastic player, a fantastic servant, and he’ll go down in history as a real Leeds United great.”