The ex-Whites boss believes the summer signing struggles because he has a target on his back.

Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has suggested on Radio Yorkshire that midfielder Pablo Hernandez has been struggling recently because he has been found out by opposing sides.

Hernandez joined the Whites from Al-Arabi last summer, reuniting with the man he played under and alongside for Swansea City.

The full Spain international initially joined on loan before signing a permanent deal in January.

The 31-year-old has been a regular feature for Monk’s side this term and has shown flashes of the technical quality which earned him four appearances for his country.

However, former Leeds manager Redfearn thinks the Spaniard has struggled from time to time, and identified the reason he believes is behind that.

Redfearn told Radio Yorkshire: “I think other teams do their homework and what Pablo lacks is that dynamic turn of pace, or that physical attribute to get him about the pitch which makes him easy to trap.

“I think a lot of sides have done their homework and plonked someone on him, made it difficult for him and he has found it tough.

“On the flip side I admire how he is always getting on the ball, always looks for the ball, always looks to make things happen. He gives Leeds something they are going to find difficult to replace.”

Despite Redfearn’s misgivings, it seems fair to suggest that Hernandez has largely slotted in well at Elland Road, having contributed four goals and eight assists in 32 appearances in all competitions.

The permanent deal he signed in January runs only until July, but Leeds have the option to activate a 12-month extension in the summer if they so wish.

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