Ex-manager cites Aguero as he tips 'brilliant' Leeds player heading for exit to be in high demand
Alex McLeish has tipped Pablo Hernandez to be a man in demand when he leaves Leeds United next month.
The former Premier League boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared the 36-year-old’s departure to that of Sergio Aguero’s at Manchester City.
As confirmed last week, Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi will see their lengthy spells at Elland Road come to an end on 30th June.
😢 #LUFC can confirm two more of our promotion heroes, Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez, will sadly leave at the end of the season
— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 21, 2021
The Spanish playmaker still had a year left on his contract after signing an extension in 2019.
McLeish insisted Hernandez would be a man in demand this summer if he could prove his fitness.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “If you take Aguero or David Silva for example. Both Manchester City players, both getting to that stage.
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“Aguero rolled back the years with two fantastic goals his performance. That was great to see that after that daft penalty. You don’t want that to be your last memory of Aguero in a Man City shirt. He’s still young enough to score goals for Barcelona.
“The same for Hernandez. He’s 36, isn’t he? So you would think he’d be looking for one last hurrah, as much as he can.
“If he’s got the fitness in his body, I’m sure he’ll be able to do it. I’m sure, if he’s able, somebody will pluck him. He’s got a brilliant record and will be in demand.”
Hernandez managed to start just three times in 16 league appearances for Leeds during the 2020/21 campaign.
He is set to leave Elland Road with 175 games, 36 goals and 41 assists under his belt.