Heckingbottom comments about Hernandez should spark Leeds into action

Paul Heckingbottom manager of Barnsley during the pre season friendly at Oakwell Stadium between Barnsley and Huddersfield Town on July 22, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

Pablo Hernandez is out of contract at Leeds United at the end of the season.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom recently spoke highly of Pablo Hernandez to Leeds Live, and suggested that he would be a big loss to the team if he left in the summer of 2018.

The 32-year-old, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, is out of contract at Leeds at the end of the season.

The Spaniard joined the Whites on loan from Al-Arabi in the summer of 2016 before making the move permanent in January 2017.

Matej Vydra of Derby County battles Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in...

"Pablo's been one of the best performers for me when I've had him available, he's been one of the best performers," Heckingbottom told Leeds Live following Leeds’s 2-2 draw with Reading last weekend.

When asked if he believed Hernandez would be a loss, Heckingbottom said: ”Yeah, as I say when I've had him fit he's been one of the best performers for me.”

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

New contract a must

Heckingbottom has been in charge of the Leeds first team since the start of February 2018, but it seems that the former Barnsley boss has already realised just how good and important Hernandez is.

The former Swansea City and Valencia star is one of the best and most creative attacking midfielders in the Championship.

Leeds will be aiming to launch a challenge for the top six yet again next season, and Hernandez needs to be an important part of that.

Despite being 32 years of age, the Spaniard can play week in and week out, and his creativity and intelligence would only enhance the Whites’ chances of clinching a playoff spot next season.

It is time for Leeds to hand Hernandez a new contract and tie him down at Elland Road for the 2018-19 campaign.

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