Leeds United’s attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez has praised the club’s fans for their support to the team, and has said that he and his teammates will give their all to clinch promotion for them.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side came close to winning promotion from the Championship at the end of last season, but they lost to Derby County in the play-off semi-final tie.
The Whites’ recent form has been disappointing, but they are still second in the league table with 55 points from 30 matches.
Leeds are just a point behind leaders West Bromwich Albion and only three clear of third-placed Fulham, with Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Bristol City all within five points of the West Yorkshire outfit.
The Elland Road faithful have not enjoyed Premier League football since 2004, and with the team very much in contention for automatic promotion from the Championship, there is growing anticipation that the club will be back among the big boys.
Hernandez, who joined Leeds on a permanent contract in 2017 after a loan spell from Al-Arabi and signed a new contract earlier this season, has raved about the fans’ support to the players, both home and away, and wants to repay them by going up this season.
“I always say the same,” Hernandez told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’ve felt the support from the fans from the very first day and I try give everything for them because I think in this club especially, they are very special for the players.
“They are an extra motivation for us in every game and not just at Elland Road.
“At the away games it is unbelievable at every game. They travel and support us, it doesn’t matter if we play in Sheffield, London or Bristol, they are always there to support the team.
“This feeling is unbelievable and we try to give everything for them.”
Leeds will return to action on Saturday evening when they take on Nottingham Forest away from home at the City Ground in the Championship.
Bielsa’s team will head into the match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at Elland Road in the league.
Hernandez, who had a spell on the sidelines during the festive period, has made 18 starts and three substitute appearances in the Championship for Leeds so far this season, scoring four goals and providing four assists in the process.