Leeds United remain well on course to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League this season.
The Whites are sat top of the Championship table and are seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games remaining in this year’s campaign.
One player that has played a starring role in their promotion push for the Premier League this season is Pablo Hernandez, who has chipped in with six goals and six assists in his 28 appearances this term for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
It could be an interesting summer ahead for Leeds, especially if they’re to return to the top-flight. It’s highly likely that Bielsa would add to his squad to adjust to life in the Premier League, in an attempt to avoid a swift return to the Championship.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds man Noel Whelan insisted that the Whites need to add quality to their side if they are playing their football in the top-flight next season and highlighted Pablo Hernandez as a player that will need replacing in the future.
“There is a lack of Premier League experience and a lack of quality in certain areas.
“You have Pablo Hernandez coming to the back end of his career and he is the one player that can produce that bit of brilliance. He is a standout player and he will need replacing.”
Whelan went on to admit that Leeds need to be prepared to pay a sizeable fee to find an adequate long-term replacement for Hernandez in the future, whilst also admitted that his former side could benefit from signing a striker in the summer as well.
“It will cost you money to get a player like Pablo Hernandez in his prime but it does make the difference.
“To complement that, you need a striker to get on the end of his passes and crosses from wide areas. That is going to cost money.”
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I have to agree with Whelan here.
Hernandez has been brilliant for Leeds this season, and is a player that will be difficult to replace when his best days are eventually behind him.
But for now, I’d say that he’s worthy of a shot in the Premier League, especially given that next year could be his last year where he’s physically able to perform to his highest standard.
Leeds will know that they need to replace him eventually though, so it would be a wise decision to find a long-term replacement sooner rather than later, as the Spaniard will leave a sizeable void in the Leeds starting XI.