Automatic promotion may just be within their reach, however, the next four games could not be bigger for Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds side. The Whites may sit firmly within the driving seat, but the Argentine will know that his side cannot become complacent, otherwise, things could be looking extremely different next month.
Although the manager is extremely experienced and will definitely know what he still needs to do to ensure Premier League football is achieved, he will also have to rely on the likes of Pablo Hernandez to help get them across the line.
And, if the former Spain international manages to do that, it appears he could be in for a reward.
What’s the News?
According to a report by Football Insider, Leeds are close to securing a contract extension with Hernandez.
It is claimed that the veteran attacker will trigger an extra year in his present deal (which was signed just last summer) if the Whites are to win promotion to the Premier League.
Hernandez has been nothing short of outstanding this season, and in many ways, has led Leeds’ charge of trying to secure Premier League football next year, something that certainly appears to be on the cards with just four games remaining and a three-point advantage over rivals Sheffield United.
Having been named Leeds’ player of the year last season, it would not be a surprise to see him take the award once again this year.
The 34-year-old has arguably played some of his best football for Bielsa throughout the current campaign and has popped up with a number of really important contributions within the final third of the pitch for the Whites.
12 goals and 12 assists in his 35 Championship outings so far only go to highlight how much of a hit he has been in front of the opponents net, however, he has also been vitally important around Elland Road off the ball as well.
Hernandez has thrived in Bielsa’s system and has helped others ease into one that could be considered quite complicated for some at times, whilst he will have also brought a sense of experience to some of the younger players who may have looked to learn from him.
Although his age may be of concern, he has shown that he is still more than capable of making a difference and is worthy of having the option to extend his contract extended should they win promotion.
Leeds fans, what do you think of the news? How pleased would you be to see him sign an extension should you win promotion? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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