It is “tragic” that Pablo Hernandez will not get the send-off he deserves as he approaches the end of his Leeds United career.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 36-year-old Leeds terrace favourite.
Hernandez has a year remaining on his current deal but is widely expected to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Spaniard has featured 174 times for Leeds but with fans yet to return, he is unlikely to get the chance to say goodbye to the Elland Road faithful.
Phillips called the situation a “real shame” but predicted that the club will come up with a more fitting solution further down the line.
“It’s always a real shame to not get a better send-off,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“I’m gutted for these players that have had to do it. Look at David Silva at Man City. He didn’t get the chance to say goodbye.
“It’s a shame. He’s been a great player. He’ll move elsewhere to try and continue his career.
“I’m sure at some point when there are crowds back in the stadium, they can bring him out at half-time or something like that.
“They could have a charity match or something. Clubs are generally good at doing this sort of thing.
“But yeah, it is tragic. With the season they’ve had, it would be the perfect way to give him a good send-off.”
Hernandez signed for Leeds in 2017, initially on loan before later making the switch permanent.
The attacking midfielder has featured 16 times for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in 2020-21, though just three of those appearances have been starts.