With BBC journo tweeting deal all but done, Leeds have delivered huge statement of intent
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Good news about the senior Leeds team has been thin on the ground in recent months.
But reports today have suggested that the club are about to pull off a deal that qualifies as a major statement of intent before the transfer window opens.
BBC Radio Leeds correspondent Adam Pope reported on his personal Twitter account that United are on the verge of tying Pablo Hernandez down to a two-year contract.
Leeds United are understood to be close to agreeing a new two year deal with attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 25, 2018
Credit to the United hierarchy, even though the opportunity to seal a deal with their imminent player of the year is a no-brainer.
Leeds are not nearly so strong enough or brilliant enough at talent spotting that they cannot afford to extend the contract of the Spanish maestro.
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The playmaker has his off days, and his tendency to go missing during tough away matches should prompt a rotation from Paul Heckingbottom that neither Thomas Christiansen or Garry Monk were willing to countenance.
But it is a sign of Hernandez’s continued significance at Leeds that his impressive displays of recent months amid a sea of mediocrity around him were met with an avalanche of calls from supporters for the club to extend his contract.
Aged 33, the Spaniard remains one of the few players in Leeds’ squad who can elevate the team’s play and produce a moment of magic to rip open up a defence in a close-fought Championship encounter.
His brilliant technique, vision and set-piece excellence make him a key player. His game remains largely unaffected by the passing time.
The team is not so good that they can plan for next season without the Spain international, who has scored nine times and supplied 10 assists from 42 matches in all competitions this season.
By agreeing new terms with Hernandez, it puts Leeds in a stronger position to sign top players in the summer window.
They will be attracted at the possibility of playing with such a sublime talent, particularly centre-forwards and fellow attackers.
Good work, Leeds.