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Pablo Hernandez should get the Leeds United captaincy as well as new contract

The Spaniard should be handed the role at Elland Road for next season.

Mathew Coull

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One of the big issues behind the scenes at Leeds United currently is what the club should do with their Spanish veteran Pablo Hernandez. The 33-year-old is out of contract at Elland Road this summer. He is the only first-teamer whose contract expires in the summer and Leeds United fans are nearly universal in their desire to see him handed a new contract.

Whilst Hernandez may be the oldest player in the Leeds squad he is also, quite simply, the most naturally gifted. Despite his advancing years there is an argument to suggest that Hernandez has still been Leeds’ best player this season and is fully deserving of a new contract.

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 20: Teko Modise #12 of South Africa and Pablo Hernandez of Spain compete during the FIFA Confederations Cup match between Spain and South Africa at Free State Stadium on June 20, 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In fact, Leeds should go further than that.

Not only should a new deal be handed to Hernandez, but the Spanish veteran should also be handed the club captaincy at Elland Road.

At the moment Liam Cooper holds the role and to say he is unpopular with the Leeds fanbase would be something of an understatement. His performances this season have not been those of a captain and fans at Leeds are sick of his below-par displays.

Hernandez always leads by an example, which is the first factor a captain needs to possess. Whilst not your traditional leader, such as a Cooper or Pontus Jansson type, Hernandez is a quieter more reserved champion of his team-mates.

Valencia’s midfielder Pablo Hernandez (L) vies with Manchester United’s French defender Patrice Evra during their UEFA Champions League Group C football match on September 29, 2010 at Mestalla stadium in Valencia. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Then there is his experience. What other Leeds player can say they have played in the Champions League, or in one of the greatest national teams in recent memory. Hernandez featured for Valencia in the elite club competition and has four caps and one goal for Vicente Del Bosque’s famous Spain side.

He has the respect of his fans, the respect of his team-mates and the attributes necessary to be a successful captain for Leeds United. Whites boss Paul Heckingbottom has recently admitted that talks have begun with Hernandez over a new deal and a one-year extension is surely set to be offered. The armband should come alongside it.

Aston Villa

Moussa Marega would be perfect for Aston VIlla should they get promoted

Josh Kerr

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According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker’s asking price was dropped to £26 million.

Merega’s buy-out clause stood at £35 million, but Porto have been forced to lower their demands due to Financial Fair Play concerns, leaving Steve Bruce’s side in a perfect position to swoop for the Mali international.

The 27-year-old would be an addition of intent for the Villains, and perhaps the marquee signing that the fans would expect, should they be promoted at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Bruce’s side were unable to show off their financial power this season due also to Financial Fair Play rules.

However, if they beat Fulham in the play-off final, the claret and blues will be in a position to spend heavily over the summer.

3-year-old Albert Adomah has been a revelation at Villa Park this season, firing 15 goals as well as contributing six assists, leading the scoring efforts for Bruce’s side.

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However, if the Midlands outfit were to secure promotion on Saturday they would need further additions to adequately equip themselves for the gruelling nature of the Premier League. Marega would help them do just that.

The French-born forward scored 22 goals in the Primeira Liga as Porto ended their five-year wait for a league title, and now it looks as though he is ready for his next challenge, with a transfer appearing imminent.

Porto need to sell, and Villa need to invest if they are to see themselves grow into the Premier League juggernauts they once were, so it could be a move that benefits both parties.

However, the report also suggests that Wolves are in the hunting for the forward and, considering their track-record of attracting Porto stars in the past, the Villains must act quickly if they are to grab themselves an assured European goalscorer.

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Sunderland

Talented Jack Ross could be the man to end the misery at Sunderland

Josh Kerr

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Highly-rated manager Jack Ross was officially unveiled as Sunderland boss today, and he could be the man that orchestrates the start of a comeback for one of football’s biggest fallen giants.

The former St Mirren poss was permitted to speak to the Black Cats about their vacant manager position after the club suffered back-to-back relegations, seeing them fall to Sky Bet League One.

Ross guided the Paisley side to the Scottish Championship title this season and had also had talks with English second-tier club Ipswich Town, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.

The former Hartlepool right-back will leave a legacy at St Mirren after he guided the Buddies back to the promised land of the Scottish Premiership.

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His departure will undoubtedly break St Mirren’s fans hearts. However, the job at Sunderland has obviously proven too difficult to turn down.

After the Black Cats were finally cleared of all their substantial debt, Ross will feel he is the man who can finally steer the club back in the right direction.

The 2018 PFA Scotland manager of the year is young and charismatic and could finally be a figure worthy of Sunderland supporters getting behind.

Ross is undeniably still a risk for Sunderland considering he has zero managerial experience in England.

However, the Scottish manager already has a promotion on his CV, and Black Cats supporters should see themselves fortunate that such a promising candidate has filled the vacant position.

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Brighton and Hove Albion

Wolves at risk of losing talented youngster Cameron John

The talented teenager could leave Molineux Stadium this summer.

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Talented youngster Cameron John is still yet to make his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut and the youngster is reportedly growing frustrated with his lack of game-time.

According to the Daily Mail (live transfer blog, 23/05/2018 10.50am), John is in the last year of his contract with the Midland’s side and the Premier League new boys are willing to listen to offers.

Despite not making a senior appearance at the Molineux Stadium, the 18-year-old is still hot property and a number of clubs are preparing to swoop for him.

A talented centre-back, who can also play on the left side of defence, John has impressed Scott Sellars’ in his Under-23 side over the past season and he may be rewarded with a move this summer that will see him rewarded with greater senior opportunities.

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Brighton, Stoke City and Norwich City are all showing an interest in the Wolves’ young centre-back and could make an imminent swoop.

The Championship would suit John more than the Premier League and Brighton have also recently signed Leon Balogun from Bundesliga club Mainz, meaning the south coast side may not see John as a potential starter, but rather an addition to strengthen their squad.

Also, Wolves are close to announcing Willy Boly on a permanent deal, which could be a message to John that he is not in manager Nuno’s long-term plans. Therefore, a move to Gary Rowett’s Stoke or Daniel Farke’s Norwich seems most likely.

It would be a surprising move for Wolves to allow one of their best talents to leave the club. However, with heavy summer investments imminent, the club are more likely to be focused on bringing ready-made Premier League players to the Midlands, which could mean the youngster is better-suited finding first-team football elsewhere.

At only 18 years of age, John undoubtedly has a bright future and the growing interest of teams only showcases the raw talent that he possesses. He is a talented youngster, but he finds himself at a crossroads in his career, and it will be interesting to see what will follow with his next move.

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