Victor Orta today confirmed that Leeds will be looking at the contract of Pablo Hernandez. Orta today confirmed that the club would now look at the deal, the trigger being that Pablo Hernandez has expressed his desire to stay with the club next season.
“I have to have discussions with his agent. Pablo said the other day that he wants to stay and that’s the first step to reaching an agreement. We need to evaluate this in the short-term.” He then went on to say that new head-coach Paul Heckingbottom will be involved in the talks and the process. Orta has come under a lot of criticism for the failure to improve the squad after the likes of Chris Wood, Kyle Bartley and Robert Green all left. He has managed to pull the likes of Samu Saiz and Adam Forshaw into the club but overall there are a more players with question marks over their impact and ability than not. Andrea Radrizzani has recently said that he plans to target the British market more from now on. There is no harm in looking abroad but signing the overwhelming majority of players doesn’t always work.
Pablo Hernandez has spent almost two years at Leeds and has seen three different head-coaches, the current one Paul Heckingbottom certainly thinks highly of him and you would expect he will be keen on keeping the player. His form dipped massively during 2017 and the pressure on him to pull us through games last season seemed to take its toll. Since Saiz has arrived and he has realised that playing slightly out of position helps him and the team he has really come back into the fold as one of the key players at the club. His form since October has gradually improved and the new deal is something that most fans seem to want. Hopefully a years extension can be agreed, a player with the experience and ability of Hernandez is certainly worth keeping around.