[Image] – The post-match photo that proves just how much Leeds mean to Pablo Hernandez

Leeds United have failed in their bid to return to the Premier League after being knocked out of the playoffs by Derby County on Wednesday night.

It seemed to be the Whites’ destiny to go up this season. Marcelo Bielsa had them playing some of the most attractive football the second division had ever seen, and they absolutely dominated the league table for the first few months of the campaign.

A late capitulation saw them miss out on a spot in the top two, and their poor performance at Elland Road midweek has seen their season end abruptly.

The loss to Derby meant heartbreak for supporters and players alike. There were many tears shed on the pitch after the final whistle, but nobody looked more crestfallen than Pablo Hernandez after a physically-draining campaign.

Leeds United attacker Pablo Hernandez cries after play off semi final defeat - [Image] - The post-match photo that proves just how much Leeds mean to Pablo Hernandez

The Spaniard has been one of the longest-serving members of the United squad having joined in 2016 under the management of Garry Monk.

Hernandez has been arguably Leeds’ best player this season, netting 12 goals and providing 12 assists alongside picking up the club’s Player of the Year award.

In just three years the midfielder has become a cult hero at Elland Road, and it’s clear to see that he has a strong affinity with the club.

Aged 34, this may have represented Hernandez’s last real chance to be a part of a promotion-winning side at the Yorkshire club. His tears tell the full story as he looks dejected about the fact his team have once again failed to bring Premier League football back to Elland Road.

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