COMMENT

It’s unbelievable that Leeds United have allowed Pablo Hernandez’s contract to run down the point where he will be a free agent in just a matter of months.

Inevitably, there are now clubs said to be interested in him with The Mirror [print edition, Sunday 18 March, page 65] reporting that former Leeds manager Garry Monk is eyeing up a reunion with the 32-year-old at Birmingham in the summer.

Monk has worked alongside Hernandez at both Swansea and Leeds having signed him up at Elland Road last January.

The attacker has since become a key part of the first-team for United and it is just laughable that neither Thomas Christiansen or Paul Heckingbottom have offered him fresh terms.

It may be down the director of football Victor Orta whether or not Hernandez can stay, but given his track record since arriving at Elland Road, his opinion should be totally overruled by Heckingbottom who needs to speak up and demand that Hernandez gets a new contract.

The ex-Valencia ace has proved his worth by making 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and supplying eight assists.

Even though he is 32-years-old, it’s clear that he is one of the best players in a squad that has gotten worse ever since Andrea Radrizzani bought the club off Massimo Cellino.

Leeds fans are furious with the turn for the worse that the club has taken over the past year but supporters will begin to show faith in the hierarchy if a new deal for Hernandez is wrapped up as soon as possible.

Monk is in dreamland if he thinks he could sign Hernandez anyway.

There’s every chance that Birmingham will be a League One team by the time the Spaniard’s deal runs down.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have terminated this 24-year-old defender’s deal at the club.

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