Pablo Hernandez could lead a triple Leeds United summer “exodus” also including cult hero Ezgjan Alioski.
That is the view of former Leeds striker aNoel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes there are big squad changes planned for the end of the season that could also see Tyler Roberts leave.
Hernandez, a fan favourite at Elland Road, has played a bit-part role since the club’s return to the Premier League with just two league starts from his 10 appearances.
Roberts has also had to make do playing a backup role to the likes of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo while Alioski, who has been a mainstay in the side at left-back, is set to see his contract expire at the end of the season.
Whelan believes that Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to improve his squad come the summer transfer window and suggested the senior trio may be allowed to depart for pastures new.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I do believe that in the summer there’s going to be movement.
“I think there’s going to be an exodus of players that are either too old now or they’ve done their job for Leeds United up until the Premier League and they’re seen as not Premier League players anymore or surplus to requirements.
“We need better, if we’ve got any aspirations of moving forward and becoming a bigger, better, stronger, more powerful team to compete against those boys up at the top, then we need a different class and calibre of player.
“There’s no sentiment and emotions in football, there comes to a point where you say thank you ever so much for your service but you’ve got to think about taking the club forward and the team forward and I think there’s going to be a few bodies that are in that squad now, because we don’t have a massive squad to turn to, that will be gone.
“Pablo could be one, Tyler Roberts, I think, could be another, Alioski I think will be another one so there’s going to be big changes and it’s got to be.
“You can’t be sentimental about players who have done a job, they’ve done a job, served their purpose but we want to be a bigger, better club and that means bigger, better players.”