Leeds must agree deal in summer with 32-yr-old who has 'touch of flair' - Sky Sports pundit
By Richard Parks
David Prutton has urged Leeds United in the Yorkshire Evening Post to tie Pablo Hernandez to a new contract this summer.
The former Spain international, 32, will become a free agent in the summer but has already stated he wants to remain at Elland Road for a third season.
Hernandez has been a mainstay of the team under three different managers in one of the attacking midfield slots behind the centre-forward.
“Unless the standard of recruitment goes up spectacularly this summer, to the point where he’s not needed, he’s worth another deal. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned,” ex-Elland Road midfielder Prutton wrote in his weekly Yorkshire Evening Post column.
“His set-pieces are excellent, he’s naturally attacking – by which I mean he will always, always look for a forward pass – and he’s got that essential touch of flair.
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“I’m firmly of the view that a quality Championship side needs a solid Championship core running through it, and Wolves, for all their talent have been a great example of that this season, but you get out of the league by winning games and players like Hernandez are the difference. Likewise Samuel Saiz.”
Speaking in an online fans forum this week, Leeds director of football Victor Orta admitted that he will hold talks with Hernandez’s agent imminently.
Orta on Hernandez contract (expires in the summer) – I have to have discussions with his agent. Pablo said the other day that he wants to stay and that's the first step to reaching an agreement. We need to evaluate this in the short term. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 26, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
As recent matches have abundantly proved, Leeds are not so good they can plan for next season without the visionary Spaniard, who has scored six times and supplied eight assists in all competitions this season. Leeds must look to get Hernandez tied down before he turns 33 in mid-April and certainly before other offers come his way in the summer. A one-year contract extension, with the option to extend if set targets are hit, would be the perfect combination of reward and challenge for a player for whom the fire still burns bright.
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