Whelan: Hernandez may have played last Leeds game after what I've heard

Noel Whelan is adamant Pablo Hernandez will leave Leeds United this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Coventry striker claimed “the writing is on the wall” for the 36-year-old at Elland Road after a season plagued by injury.

Hernandez missed Leeds United’s 4-0 win over Burnley on Saturday through injury.

Marcelo Bielsa told Leeds Live prior to tonight’s trip to Southampton that the attacking midfielder’s problem was not serious and that he would be assessed in training this week.

The former Spain international has a year remaining on his contract with the Whites but is widely expected to leave this summer.

Whelan is hopeful Hernandez will be fit to feature against West Brom on the final day of the season to say goodbye to the Leeds faithful who hold him in high regard.

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“I’ve heard it is only a minor injury for Pablo,” he told Football Insider. “But let’s be honest, the writing is on the wall.

“It’s possible that he’s played his last game. I very much doubt that he will be at Leeds United next season.

“If he does play again it will be the last game of the season in a farewell to the Leeds United faithful at Elland Road. I am sure they will give him that opportunity if he is fit enough to play.

“Marcelo Bielsa came out and said certain people at the club will not be there next year and I think the writing is on the wall for quite a few of these players, Pablo included.” 

In other news, Whelan claims Bielsa may have ‘had words’ with Leeds United regular starter after what he saw.