Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn believes Pablo Hernandez has been targeted by opponents since his move to Elland Road. The Spaniard joined Leeds United in the last summer window from Al-Arabi.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Redfearn said Hernandez can be closed down too easily at times because he lacks pace and strength. The 51-year-old believes Leeds United’s opposition have seen this, and have subsequently targeted the winger.

Despite these issues Redferan still thinks Hernandez brings something different to Garry Monk’s team because the 31 year old will always look to create.

“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,” said Redfearn.

Hernandez initially joined Leeds United on a six month loan deal last summer, and in January he was rewarded with a permanent deal until the end of the season. The former Valencia and Swansea City star has an option of remaining at Leeds United for another 12 months after this season.