By Will Butcher
Noel Whelan believes Pablo Hernandez is undeserving of a new contract at Leeds as his current deal is set to expire.
The four-time Spain international has struggled in the second half of the season after turning his loan move from Al-Arabi into a permanent deal in the January transfer window.
Now with only two months remaining on his current deal, Whelan was asked about Hernandez’s future after co-commentating the Whites’ 1-1 draw against Wigan.
The former Yorkshire giants’ striker revealed that he would not be handing Hernandez a permanent deal ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
“Gosh, has he deserved it? Not particularly,” Whelan said on BBC Radio Leeds on Sunday afternoon. “Sometimes one season at a club is not enough. You might need two season to adapt to a different league.
“Can Leeds afford to make that mistake again? I need my number 10 to dictate games and he doesn’t do that enough for me. He’s be a great player to come off the bench.
“He’s a luxury, but he goes missing and you cannot afford to play with 10 players.”
Hernandez failed to impress during Leeds’ last Championship clash of the season, and was withdrawn just after the hour mark by Garry Monk during the 1-1 draw.
Making 34 appearances in all competitions since being brought to Elland Road in the summer, Hernandez has scored six goals and provided eight assists for the Yorkshire giants.
However, his future could now be in doubt under former Swansea manager Monk as the 38-year-old boss is set to be active in the upcoming transfer market.
In other Leeds transfer news, a bid for this League One forward was accepted after three meetings.