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Is Pablo Hernandez destined to be Leeds' Adel Taarabt?

Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring for QPR

The Moroccan inspired his side to promotion out of the Championship in 2011.

Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez scores the winning penalty in the shootoutLeeds United's Pablo Hernandez

Despite only making a handful of appearances for Leeds United, Pablo Hernandez has already demonstrated that for every stunning display he puts in, there is a game where he barely features just around the corner. And that mix of undeniable quality and highly-frustrating inconsistency should arguably evoke memories of an attacking midfielder who, for all his faults, inspired his side to Championship promotion five years ago.

Like Hernandez at Elland Road this season, Adel Taarabt was looked upon as something of a wildcard for Queens Park Rangers. On his day, the maverick Moroccan was unplayable, but when he was not at the races, he adopted the look of someone who simply did not care.

Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring for QPRAdel Taarabt

However, during the 2010-11 season, it all clicked for the former Tottenham man. While the Hoops boasted a strong team, it was Taarabt's form that inspired the club to the title and a place in the top flight. As well as scoring 19 goals - only three players scored more - he also contributed 16 assists to prove that there was no doubt who the key man in Neil Warnock's squad was.

While the Spaniard is yet to find the run of form that would suggest that he is destined to inspire Garry Monk's men in the same way, his performance in their victory over Cardiff City at the weekend was easily his strongest, and the goal that sealed the 2-0 win was a piece of magic from the former Swansea man. 

Nottingham Forests' Henri Lansbury in action with Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez

What Hernandez's performance against the Bluebirds exuded was confidence. And if it gives him the belief to continue to try and make things happen with a piece of skill or moment of magic, then that kind of display may become a more regular occurrence and the side will begin to rely on him in the way that Rangers relied on Taarabt.

While it is perhaps difficult to believe based on their current position, Leeds have the time to make up for their slow start and move themselves into the promotion picture.

And in Hernandez, they have a player who has the quality to take them there.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

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