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Opinion: New contract for Hernandez could end Leeds’ hunt for James

Leeds are reportedly set to hand Pablo Hernandez a new contract, so what does that mean for their top January target Dan James?

What’s the story?

According to Football Insider, Leeds could be set to further extend Hernandez’s contract, despite signing the Spaniard to a two-year deal this time last year.

That deal was supposed to keep him at Elland Road until the summer of 2020, but Football Insider now claim the Whites included a clause that extends the deal by another year if they earn promotion to the Premier League.

With Marcelo Bielsa’s side three points clear of third place and Hernandez showing no signs of ageing, could this be bad news for James?

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No need for James

Perhaps when the Whites handed Hernandez a two-year deal they didn’t quite expect him to continue producing such incredible moments as he moves through his thirties, but the little magician has not slowed down.

He has scored 12 goals and added 12 assists in the Championship this season and is Leeds’ best creative outlet, making him practically un-droppable for the foreseeable future.

And now with another contract on the horizon, the failed January deal for James may not need to be revisited after all, as many suspected it would be this summer.

With Jack Clarke surely nearing a consistent place on the right wing and Hernandez occupying the left for now, James will not see a clear path to the first team, so splashing out big cash for a bench player doesn’t really make sense.

In fact, Hernandez’s new contract and superb production in the final third could end up saving the club a small fortune on the Welsh youngster, a fortune they can invest in other more desperate positions.

Article title: Opinion: New contract for Hernandez could end Leeds’ hunt for James

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