After arriving in January 2017, Spaniard Pablo Hernandez has gone on to become a firm crowd favourite. Yet he’s still not signed up for next season.
Hernandez’s current deal ends on the 30th of June, and there has been little movement from the club towards him signing on an extended deal.
Hernandez signing from Qatari side Al Arabi during the January 2017 transfer window, later signing a permanent deal for the Whites. His first half-season as a Leeds United player returned an impressive six goals and eight assists, earning him a contract extension for this season.
It is a season where the Spaniard has gone on to show more than glimpses of the importance he’s had as a member of the Leeds United squad. Headline figures for the attacking midfielder show a return of five goals and six assists – his latest goal coming in Saturday’s 2-2 drawn game with Reading.
There’s been much criticism of the club for not chasing an improved, extended deal for Hernandez. Fans on Twitter have even begun instigating a Twitter hashtag campaign called #PayForPablo to bring the two to the negotiating table.
Some had even begun to mention that other factors might be at play, including some muttering that a return to Spain with his pregnant partner was on the cards. That carried cachet with some members of the Leeds United fanbase. However, as his partner posted here, now deleted, that isn’t the case.
Gone now but this was the gist of it – pic.twitter.com/GaXQhYbAOi
— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) March 10, 2018
It appears that, as Hernandez’s partner has pointed out, her and her pregnancy are not to blame for the lack of a contract offer from Leeds United. This news now firmly puts the ball back into the club’s court and it will be a ball that the fans will expect to see firmly in play by the Whites.