Manager Marcelo Bielsa has been a revelation for Leeds United. Since the Argentine coach’s summer arrival at Elland Road, the club have been transformed from an underachieving mid-table outfit into genuine title-contenders.
What’s more impressive is the manner in which Bielsa has led this revolution. The Whites play high-intensity, forward-thinking football, as opposed to the scrapping out results approach that many Championship sides take.
The coach also believes in youth, and has handed debuts and regular game time to a number of youngsters and academy products throughout the season like Jack Clarke and Aapo Halme.
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The Whites are now on the verge of promotion to the Premier League after a fifteen year absence, and face a potentially season-defining encounter with fellow promotion-chasers Sheffield United at Elland Road on Saturday.
The importance of this fixture cannot be overstated, and Leeds’ veteran attacker Pablo Hernandez is aware of its importance.
Fans love his personality and passion just as much as they love his talent on the pitch, and the veteran winger has shown once again that he ‘gets’ Leeds with these comments.
As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Spaniard said: “It’s a big game for us. I know all the people are waiting for this game now but what’s more important is that we’ve arrived in a good moment with a lot of confidence. We’re playing in front of our fans and we have their support. We play with a 12th man and I can’t wait for the moment.”
Leeds certainly are heading into this match in good form, having won their last four Championship matches in a row. 33-year-old Hernandez himself is also enjoying a purple patch, having netted three times in his last three games – taking his total Championship goal tally to ten in this campaign, as per Transfermarkt’s stats.
At his best he is almost unplayable and his recent form suggests he will be right at it on Saturday, then look out Sheffield United.