Darren Bent has tipped Leeds United to look at signing a replacement for Pablo Hernandez when the January transfer window opens.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted the 35-year-old is still very much a dangerous player for Marcelo Bielsa but that the Whites need to start looking for a “long term” option.
Hernandez has played five times since Leeds’ promotion back to the Premier League and made his most telling contribution with two assists against Newcastle in an eight-minute cameo off the substitutes’ bench.
Having seen the Spanish veteran struggle to keep his place in the side, Bent has suggested a new signing could be on the cards next month to take his place moving forward.
“His vision’s brilliant, obviously he’s getting on in age but still, the way he plays the game – his vision, his touch, his technique, his creative side, that will never leave him,” Bent told Football Insider.
“He’s superb for someone to even bring off the bench or somebody to come around and have a little go.
“I like Hernandez but I think they do need to start looking long term for someone, maybe, to replace him but while they’ve got him, they need to use him. He’s shown what he can do in eight minutes (v Newcastle).
“I don’t think they’ve got anyone else in the squad who’s like him, he’s been so integral to what Leeds have done down there so I wouldn’t be surprised if they did look for someone else in January.”
Hernandez, who initially joined Leeds on loan from Al Arabi, has made 163 appearances across all competitions, with 36 goals and 41 assists under his belt.
Summer signing Rodrigo has been used as an attacking midfielder this season, while Mateusz Klich has also been pushed into a more advanced role on occasion.