Veteran still seen as important as Leeds block midfielder’s Spanish exit

Date published: Monday 1st February 2021 9:33 - Neil Foster

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Spanish club Castellon are keen to sign Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez on Monday but the Premier League outfit want him to stay.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealed on Sunday that second-tier Castellon had made an approach for the 35-year-old. Hernandez played a full part as the Whites gained promotion to the Premier League.

He scored nine Championship goals from 35 appearances to help Marcelo Bielsa’s side up to the top flight. However, the veteran has found game time harder to come by this term.

The former Spain forward has started just two Premier League games among nine appearances. He has scored one goal and chipped in with a couple of assists.

Castellon hoped to lure him to Nou Estadi Castalia to help their survival bid. Albinegros sit 19th of the 21 teams in Segunda Division and need all the help they can get.

Hernandez can still do a decent job and has experience of playing in La Liga with Valencia. But it seems as though Leeds want to keep him ta Elland Road for the rest of the campaign.

He has also featured for the likes of Cadiz, Getafe, Swansea City and Rayo Vallecano. The veteran joined Leeds in the summer of 2016 and has scored 36 goals from 168 appearances.

He has also assisted 39 times and would be a real asset to Castellon. However, it seems as though he is going nowhere for now.

With 18 months of his deal to run, a summer exit cannot be ruled out and a return to Spain might suit the player.

Bielsa hails Foxes scalp

Hernandez played no part on Sunday as Leeds beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium. Patrick Bamford had a role in all three goals, scoring the second himself.

Stuart Dallas and Jack Harrison were also on target as the Peacocks consolidated their position in the top flight. It was a superb display by Leeds and Bamford in particular.

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Speaking in his post-match press conference, Bielsa said: “It was a very, very difficult game. In the first half the game was how we expected. In the second half they changed the distribution of their players. It took us 10 minutes to adapt.”

“After, we started to recover the ball better and scored the second goal.”

And asked if Bamford should receive an England call-up, the Argentine was non-committal.

“You have to compare all the other options available for Southgate,” he said. “Southgate has to make this comparison. I don’t feel capable of answering this question because I don’t know of all the other options.”

 

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