Marcelo Bielsa knows his players inside and out, and hailed the efforts of Pablo Hernandez in Leeds victory at Reading while hinting that more was possible, according to quotes published by TEAMtalk.
The Spanish wizard rounded off a tremendous first half with a stunning driven effort from 25 yards out just before the break, and the Whites should have stretched their margin further in the second half.
Instead, United had to settle for the three provided by Hernandez and Mateusz Klich, and moved back to the top of the Championship with Norwich set to face Hull City on Wednesday night.
Our 5 foot 6 midfielder’s double moved him onto ten for the season – with another eleven assists to his name – and Bielsa’s praise after the full-time whistle was only destined for Hernandez.
The manager did, though, suggest that the influential creator could have even reached a higher level at the Madejski Stadium.
“Pablo finds solutions that are above his technical skills,” the Argentine claimed. “He reads the game and when he does this, he puts the ball in the right places. It’s something that’s very hard to teach and something that’s very hard to learn.
“Pablo is a very wise player but this performance isn’t linked to what I’m saying. He had a great game and a big performance but the answers he gave are one that common observers can see. Some of what he does is not that evident or easy to detect.”
Hernandez will have to be at the top of his game at the weekend when we host promotion rivals Sheffield United, with the triumphant side on Saturday almost securing the final automatic place.