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Leeds: Pablo Hernandez tipped to leave

Leeds: Pablo Hernandez tipped to leave - Leeds United

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has tipped Pablo Hernandez to leave Leeds United at the end of the season following a great career at Elland Road.

The Spaniard joined the Whites back in January 2017 following an initial loan spell and has arguably become a modern-day legend at the club, with journalist Phil Hay once describing him as ‘unreal’.

Hernandez has made 172 appearances for Leeds to date, scoring 36 goals and registering 41 assists, not to mention helping Marcelo Bielsa’s side get back into the Premier League. Now 36, however, he has only made two league starts this season, and it appears as though his time at Elland Road is reaching its conclusion.

Phillips expects Hernandez to leave Leeds

That’s certainly the opinion of one-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Phillips, who told Football Insider that he expects Hernandez to depart once the season ends:

“I think Hernandez will leave in the summer. From the players point of view, he is not getting any younger. He will want to go somewhere and play.

“He’s a brilliant player but there is too many players ahead of him in the pecking order at Leeds. I think he will want to play football and if he is not guaranteed that at Leeds, which he is not, I think he will look to go and play somewhere else.

“He could be a great signing for a team looking to get out of the Championship or a team dropping down to the Championship this season.

“He’s very talented on the ball so he could turn out to be a good signing. I will be interested to see where he ends up this summer.”

Transfer Tavern take

Considering that Hernandez’s current deal expires in 2022, this is the last chance for Leeds to earn a fee for his services, so allowing him to leave makes sense.

They could simply let his contract run down, but the midfielder may not be happy with less playing time next season and the club would lose out on transfer funds this summer.

What Hernandez has achieved at Leeds should never be forgotten, but as is the case with any player, there comes a point when you have to part ways, for the good of all parties.

In other news, there has been a fresh update regarding Leeds potentially signing a Premier League attacker this summer. Read more here.

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