Kevin Phillips has tipped Pablo Hernandez to leave Leeds United at the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said the 36-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Elland Road and will leave in search of game time this summer.
Hernandez has been a bit part player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this term and has started just two Premier League fixtures.
The attacking midfielder, who was integral to Leeds United’s promotion campaign in 2019-20, has just over one year left on his contract with the Yorkshire club.
The Athletic‘s Phil Hay revealed his “gut feeling” is that the Spanish playmaker will leave this summer.
Phillips claimed Hernandez would be a “great signing” for a side challenging at the top of the Championship next season.
“I think Hernandez will leave in the summer,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“From the players point of view, he is not getting any younger. He will want to go somewhere and play.
“He’s a brilliant player but there is too many players ahead of him in the pecking order at Leeds. I think he will want to play football and if he is not guaranteed that at Leeds, which he is not, I think he will look to go and play somewhere else.
“He could be a great signing for a team looking to get out of the Championship or a team dropping down to the Championship this season.
“He’s very talented on the ball so he could turn out to be a good signing. I will be interested to see where he ends up this summer.”