The Pablo Hernandez situation could finally have a direction with the club reportedly now in talks to tie down a deal they are confident will be done. The daily mail broke the story which was later confirmed by Phil Hay and it would appear Hernandez saying he wanted to stay wasn’t as farfetched as some have made out since.
Hernandez told the press he wanted to stay at Leeds around a month ago and Victor Orta confirmed the club would open discussions with the player, but the rumours began to spread that the deal wasn’t likely at all. According to the stories Hernandez and his wife were keen on a move back to Spain due to them expecting a child and you couldn’t have blamed him for that but this week a different twist to the story was revealed, and it came in the form of Garry Monk. According to the reports Monk is keen to take Hernandez to strugglers Birmingham City in the summer, a deal that would see the pair link up for the third time in their career. It would seem he favours staying at Leeds, with the news breaking today the club and Hernandez are in talks.
Hernandez has now become a priority due to how shocking most of the team are, sounds harsh but it’s the reality we find ourselves in. Paul Heckingbottom has a huge task ahead of him and for me he has to get the time because this isn’t a quick fix and he has come into a squad with no belief and no confidence, as well as the same challenge that faced Thomas Christiansen, many just aren’t good enough. According to Hay, Heckingbottom is pushing for this deal to be done as he tried to lay the foundations for his time at the club, many will probably have to leave and the ruthless side of him (and hopefully Andrea Radrizzani) will need to be in evidence. He has already dropped players for youth as he makes his power moves early, Baily Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce breaking onto the first-team in recent weeks.