Leeds United fans have been all over social media like a rash demanding that the club shore up a new deal for attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez, the Spaniard coming to the end of his current deal.

Over the course of this season, as he proved to be in his initial half-season at Elland Road last year, the diminutive Spaniard has morphed into a player that fans want to be seen snapped up on an extended deal.

Consistency has been a key element of his game, something that fans have seen as glowing in a season that has brought much dullness. Headline figures for the attacking midfielder show a return of five goals and seven assists, the last assist dragging Leeds United back into the game against Sheffield Wednesday at a snow-blitzed Elland Road.

However, as Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom said in a report carried by the Yorkshire Evening Post, there are issues with any new deal, much more so than simply snapping up the player on a longer deal.

On this Heckingbottom said: “Pablo’s had a great career and there’s more important things to Pablo than the finances. Contract length would be one but there’s other things as well: his role within the team, his role within the squad, the type of football we want to play, his affection for the club. He always speaks highly of the club, the fans, Elland Road, and he wants to know the plans and what we want to do for next season.

Issues such as the ones above do pose certain problems and create definite hurdles for the club when it comes to signing up a player, Hernandez being one of those the Whites fans want back on board. Further complicating matters is that his wife, Mar Garcia, has returned to Spain to give birth to their second child – leaving with a cryptic tweet for Leeds fans to ponder over.

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