By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Does midfielder deserve a new contract?
Pablo Hernandez has only show in glimpses since signing permanently at Elland Road in January what he was showing on a consistent basis in the first half of the season. Against Wigan, the former Spain international failed to provide any degree of creativity and instead just passed the ball sideways for Leeds’ wingers to cross for Wood. With his contract set to end in less than two months’ time, Leeds have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months. But with the Daily Star reporting that he is earning a huge £19,000 a week, should he be signed? On his current form, it is clear Garry Monk has a big decision to make.
Monk proves his worth
Co-owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he will deal with Monk’s contract in the near future – it expires in less than two months. But in his final game before the summer, former Swansea boss Monk will have shown just why Radrizzani needs to secure his long-term future at Elland Road. With Leeds offering absolutely nothing in the first half, Monk’s team talk at half-time saw the Yorkshire giants equalise instantaneously while the likes of Kemar Roofe and Eunan O’Kane looked like different players in the second half.
More freedom in final third
Leeds need to get more shots on goal. There needs to be more then getting the ball out wide, and looking to cross to find Chris Wood. Rather, Leeds’ attacking midfielder should not concentrate on supplying Wood but instead try to find a shot or go through the middle themselves instead of playing the ball out wide and making it easy, and predictable to defend against. Allowing his midfielders to try their luck from distance could see Leeds remove the pressure on Wood, if of course the likes of Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Ronaldo Vieira are accurate.
In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan has given this verdict on Monk’s contract saga.