Swansea City assist king Pablo Hernandez delighted with role
16th May 2014
It has been a case of supply and demand for Pablo Hernandez this season, with the Spaniard proving Swansea City's assist king.
The 29-year-old finished top of the lot at the Liberty when it came to providing team-mates with goals.
Hernandez made seven assists in 27 Barclays Premier League appearances as the Swans finished in 12th place.
While the Spanish international found the net on two occasions, he flourished in his role of provider.
He was among the most creative players in the Premier League based on assists per minute - better than the likes of Steven Gerrard, David Silva, Eden Hazard and Aaron Ramsey.
And despite a few injuries disrupting his campaign, Hernandez has been pleased with his performances - particularly in his new role of playing behind Wilfried Bony.
"It has been a hard season for me because of the injuries I have had. I had played a few games at the start of the season and then sustained an injury, which wasn't good for my mind," he reflected.
"But in the last three or four months I have stayed injury-free and played a lot of matches, so that has made me happy.
"I think I played well in those games while I have made a few assists too, which is very important.
"My role is to provide my team-mates with goalscoring chances, and I think I have done that in the opportunities I have had.
"Playing behind the striker is a good position for me. I can do what I do best and I'm helped by my team-mates.
"Wilfried (Bony) is strong so he can hold the ball up while he also has very good footwork, and I have also been able to link up with Wayne (Routledge), Nathan (Dyer), Jonathan (de Guzman) and Jonjo (Shelvey). So there is a good understanding between us all, and I really enjoyed playing in that role."