Leeds United hero Pablo Hernandez will have no problem finding another club this summer, according to ex-Scotland manager Alex McLeish.
The Lowdown: Hernandez moving on
The Spaniard’s brilliant spell at Elland Road will come to an end imminently, with his contract set to expire.
Hernandez has been a hugely influential figure for the Whites, helping them get back into the Premier League, scoring 36 goals and registering 41 assists along the way.
The Latest: McLeish hails Leeds hero
Someone who doesn’t believe the 36-year-old will be short of suitors this summer is McLeish, despite the attacking midfielder’s advancing years.
Speaking to Football Insider, he tipped Hernandez to copy the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva, remaining a key figure at an older age:
“If you take Aguero or David Silva for example. Both Manchester City players, both getting to that stage.
“Aguero rolled back the years with two fantastic goals his performance. That was great to see that after that daft penalty. You don’t want that to be your last memory of Aguero in a Man City shirt. He’s still young enough to score goals for Barcelona.
“The same for Hernandez. He’s 36, isn’t he? So you would think he’d be looking for one last hurrah, as much as he can.
“If he’s got the fitness in his body, I’m sure he’ll be able to do it. I’m sure, if he’s able, somebody will pluck him. He’s got a brilliant record and will be in demand.”
The Verdict: Key signing for someone
At 36, it is the right time for Hernandez to leave Leeds, having only made three starts in the league in 2020/21 and with the team moving forward without him.
That being said, he still has enough left in the tank to be a force elsewhere, given the technical quality he possesses, not to mention his vast experience.
He will be a shrewd addition for whoever snaps him up, presumably in a slower-paced league, inspiring younger players around him, both in terms of quality and professionalism.
In other news, Leeds have been urged to sign one player in a key position this summer. Find out who it is here.
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