By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

25th Nov, 2019 | 2:48pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson says new player deal 'very big' for Leeds

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has hailed the new two-and-a-half-year deal for Pablo Hernandez as “very big” for Leeds United.

Hernandez put pen to paper last week on a new deal that will see him stay at Elland Road until the summer of 2022.

His prior contract was due to expire this summer although there was a clause for a one-year extension if Leeds got promoted.

“It’s very big for the club,” Robinson said, talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News

“He’s been instrumental to a lot of what they do, he’s become a cult hero over the last 12, 18 months.

“Should they go up he’ll be key in the Premier League… him and Klich signing new contracts shows Leeds’ ambition.

“If the worst happens and Leeds don’t go up, worst-case scenario, they’ve got those two players to build with next season.

“Can he still do a job in the Premier League? Yes, I think so, especially with the way Bielsa plays, the way he looks after his players and the fitness levels of the players.

“I think without a shadow of a doubt he can do a job.”

Hernandez became only the second Leeds player in their history to win the Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons at the end of the last campaign.

He scored 12 goals and registered 12 assists in the Championship last season as Leeds just missed out on automatic promotion.

He’s scored two goals and added two assists this season and Leeds are the bookies’ favourites to win the league, although they’re currently two points behind West Brom.

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