An injury to Pablo Hernandez last night could prove costly for the side as his form has been slowly increasing in worth as the season has gone on. The Spanish playmaker has recently expressed his want for a new contract at the club but hobbled from the Pride Park pitch last night.
Hernandez was asked in the pre-match presser if he wanted to stay at Leeds for another year and he was very clear in saying that was exactly what he wanted. He also made it very clear that the club haven’t even mentioned a new deal yet and that is concerning given how important he has become in recent weeks. The return of Samu Saiz will take the pressure of Hernandez but in fairness the stand-in skipper has arguably flourished with the armband and added pressure. The fact a new deal isn’t on the cards as of yet shouldn’t be a surprise as he probably falls outside of the wage bracket set by the club, will a new deal come? Who knows, everyone else had their new deals early on in the season, Hernandez probably thinks this could be his last season at the football club.
Hernandez was subbed off for Gjanni Alioksi and frustratingly and very unluckily he was just about to be taken off anyway before picking up the injury. He has been a virtual ever-present in the side for some time but last night he couldn’t get into a game where we were second best for large parts. In the end his replacement Gjanni Alioski scored very quickly to give us what looked like a crucial win before a late Kasey palmer goal left us gutted that more defensive errors had cost us points, the story of the season in reality. Hernandez may yet make the game on Saturday but Heckingbottom said it was a muscle injury and it would be unlikely we see him.