Arguably the best outfield player at Leeds currently and one that looks increasingly like he won’t be here come the start of next season. Pablo Hernandez has turned his early season struggles into some great form, arguably his best since coming to the club and is now the first name on the team-sheet.
Rumours have began circulating that the playmaker may be heading back to Spain with his partner who is expecting soon. He would return to his home country and probably pick up a decent club for the final few years of his career. The situation is simple, he’s out of contract in a few months and he can do as he pleases if Leeds don’t offer him a new deal, which doesn’t look like it’s anywhere close. Pablo Hernandez first discussed the new deal in a pre-match press conference a few weeks back which led to Victor Orta being asked about his future in the recent Q and A session with Andrea Radrizzani. What was quite bizarre was that Orta then said the club would get in touch with him because he said he wanted to stay, surely the club would have already spoken to him?
Hernandez arrived from the middle east as one of the key Garry Monk signings last season and started off on fire, they key player in creating for goal machine Chris Wood. As the season went on Garry Monk decided not to rest Hernandez and as the season drew to a close we all but lost him and his early season performances which were so crucial to us. This season it’s been the other way around. Hernandez wasn’t really needed at the start of the season and drifted through games as Samu Saiz took the limelight. As the season has gone on Hernandez has raised his game and now you can’t see us doing much in any game unless Hernandez is playing and playing well. Turning into the best player of the season based on the last few months, a season that needs forgetting already.
We’ve given new deals to Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane, Liam Cooper and more who aren’t going to take us forward, and yet we haven’t offered Pablo Hernandez a new deal, what does that tell you about the current situation behind the scenes?