Leeds United are having a storming season which could end with promotion back to the Premier League.
The good news might not stop there, however, with an update that if the club reaches the promised land, then talismanic veteran Pablo Hernandez will trigger a 12-month extension clause in his current deal.
Hernandez is having his best season in football return wise, scoring 12 goals and registering 11 assists so far.
He has been sensational for the club and has a year left on his deal if Leeds fail to win promotion.
The 33-year-old turns 34 next week and with that said, here are TWO pros and TWO cons to Leeds triggering an extension for their main man if the club is promoted.
It is impossible to ignore Hernandez’s current form.
He has been sensational for Leeds this season and promotion would only make him hungrier to succeed at the highest level on more time.
If he can continue his current level of performances next season in the Premier League, then the Whites will have one hell of a player on their hands still.
Pro: Affiliation with the club
It’s safe to say the supporters adore Hernandez – and he, too, loves playing for the club.
You can see that week in, and week out he is enjoying his football under Bielsa, and that link between himself and the supporters will be key to him continuing to be a menace for the opposition.
Hernandez is soon to be 34-years-old, although you wouldn’t think it when watching him play.
But the speed of the Championship is a different beast to that of the Premier League.
His age could catch him up in the summer, and any potential extension could make him a passenger next season if he is unable to keep up to speed with the game.
Con: Doubt after such an inspiring season
Doubt is one of the biggest enemies of any football – and Hernandez is not exempt from that.
There will be doubt in his mind as to whether he can replicate this season’s form next term – and if they get promoted, that will ramp up even more so.
It’s one thing doing it in the Championship – but it is another in the Premier League.
And being that one year older and having to replicate all he has done before is no mean feat.
There could be doubts within the club if he will ever have a season like this year again.