Ben Parker has hit out at the 'absolute nonsense' claims that Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez has lost a bit of his touch this season.
The 34-year-old is currently on the sidelines, but Parker wasn't impressed that some people were questioning him at the start of the season.
Whilst Leeds have been picking up points since his injury, they do miss his control in the middle of the park and from out wide, and his ability to see a brilliant pass from anywhere.
Speaking to LS11, former Whites man Parker defended Hernandez and explained why he is such an 'important' player for the club.
“We had a lot of nonsense about Pablo at the start of this season,” Parker told LS11. “Saying, 'Oh, he's not like what he was last year. He's a little bit off it'. I just think it's absolute nonsense.
“I saw, I think it was Sky who put the stats up, the win percentage with him and without. I think with him it's around 60%, and then it drops to around 30% without Pablo. I didn't realise that there was that much of a drop-off. I know stats can be misleading around one particular player. But it just shows and highlights how important Pablo is.
“He's one of those players because everyone knows his ability, people get attracted to him and they ball watch. And that's when you get our runners in-behind and they get a bit more freedom then. He's another player we have missed quite a lot.”
Despite being towards the latter stages of his career, Hernandez was in serious form during the previous campaign, but it wasn't enough to take the club back to the promised land.
He will be hoping to replicate that form this term, as Leeds fans will be eager for him to return to action, so he add that flair and touch back into Leeds United's final third.
At the weekend, Marcelo Bielsa's side have the chance to move to the top of the Championship table as they take on Queens Park Rangers.
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