Pablo Hernandez revealed today that he wants to stay at Leeds United beyond his current deal which runs out in the summer. The Spanish playmaker has been in good form recently and when asked about his situation he said he wants to stay at Leeds but that isn’t down to him, so his fate is now with Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta.
I was very critical of Pablo Hernandez at the start of the season. I think the arrival of Samu Saiz put him out and his performances suffered because of that. However as the season has gone on his ability and leadership has pushed through and my opinion of his importance in the squad and team has changed completely. He isn’t the most vocal but in terms of leading by example he is probably at the top of the list now. No matter how tough a game is getting he always wants the ball and during the hard times this is so evident. Paul Heckingbottom touched after the game on Sunday that players are hiding in Leeds United shirts and he isn’t wrong, Pablo Hernandez is one of those who can’t be accused of that, his professionalism has really shone through this season.
In terms of a new deal he is now free to talk to other clubs and I have a feeling the issue here is going to be wages, in fact it will almost certainly be an issue. Andrea Radrizzani is capping wages at £15k from what we know and Pablo Hernandez is one of the only players in the squad not to sign a new deal this season since the new ownership came in. He will be on more than the £15k and his one-year-deal was triggered by the amount of games he played last season and nothing else. I would be bitterly disappointed to see a player with the experience of Hernandez leave the club because of wages but with the amount of new deals handed out it does seem likely this is one of the most complicated deals to get done. Only time will tell.