Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez has struggled to set the Premier League alight this campaign and it could be the end of an era following the latest update from Phil Hay.
The latest on Hernandez
The journalist for The Athletic wrote: “In Marcelo Bielsa’s first two years at Leeds, Hernandez was irreplaceable and undroppable, impervious to everything except a strain of his hamstrings.
“Hernandez is watching life go on around him at Elland Road this season: two league starts, intermittent minutes and no place in Bielsa’s initial line-up against Everton last night even though an injury created a scenario in which Hernandez was a potential answer.
“Sources in Spain say Castellon are keen to try again with him in the summer and feel hopeful that Hernandez can be persuaded. Financially they have no means of matching his wage, increased by an uplift after Leeds’ promotion, but they have the advantage that as part-owner of the club, he would essentially be negotiating with himself.”
It looks likely Hernandez will leave
Hay raved over the midfielder last season after his last-minute winner at Swansea, as he said: ‘The guy is just unreal. Played like a demon since the restart.’ It is understandable to see the Spaniard to receive such praise as he shone in Leeds’ promotion season, scoring nine goals and picking up nine assists (WhoScored). He also managed on average 2.1 shots, 2.3 key passes and 1.1 successful dribbles per game.
This season hasn’t been the same for the 35 year-old as he has started just two games, been subbed on in seven and only picked up two assists so far (WhoScored).
Hay’s comments seem to suggest the fan favourite will depart – Castellon even made a late effort to sign him last month but were rejected, via Hay.
At 35 years of age and starting just twice this campaign, with owner Andrea Radrizzani hinting at bigger and better things to come this summer and Hay now claiming the Spanish outfit have an ‘advantage’ in signing Hernandez, it would make sense to allow his departure and replace him with a younger model, perhaps the often-linked Rodrigo De Paul.
In other news, Agbonlahor has praised one Leeds ace, have a read who it is here!
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