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Former Leeds United loanee Alfonso Pedraza now a La Liga regular

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Former Leeds United loanee Alfonso Pedraza now a La Liga regular

The Spanish star has been in good form at Deportivo Alaves.

Last January it seemed Leeds had done a piece of excellent business by concluding a deal to sign the Spanish talent Alfonso Pedraza. The youngster arrived on an initial loan deal from Villarreal, after spending the first half of the season on loan with Segunda Liga side Lugo.

He also had the option to join on a permanent deal should Leeds earn promotion. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that fee as being in the region of £8.5 million. Of course Leeds never managed promotion and that clause became void.

Pedraza, who featured 14 times for Leeds scoring once, was however still on their radar. It was reported by Spanish publication AS that Leeds were still hopeful of bringing him in for the 2017-18 campaign.

Valencia’s Portuguese defender Ruben Vezo (L) vies with Alaves’ Spanish forward Alfonso Pedraza during the Spanish ‘Copa del Rey’ (King’s cup) quarter-final second leg football match between Deportivo Alaves and Valencia CF at the Mendizorrotza stadium in Vitoria on January 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Instead Pedraza headed to Deportivo Alaves in La Liga. So how has he got on with his new club?

Pedraza has established himself as a regular in the Alaves side. The 21-year-old has played 27 times for the La Liga outfit this season and has scored three goals. Adding to those three goals the talented Spaniard also has four assists this campaign, so it has been a productive loan spell.

 

Not only has he impressed, but Pedraza has also been flexible. This season has seen Pedraza develop an ability as a left-back, something Leeds United could certainly do with.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Tomas Kalas of Fulham tackles Alfonso Pedraza of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Alaves look safe from relegation despite flirting with the drop, thanks mainly to the awful campaigns suffered by Las Palmas, Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga. Pedraza has played a key role in ensuring their safety.

It is not clear where Pedraza will be playing his football next season. Clearly he has impressed with Alaves and Villarreal may decide to give him first-team football next season.

One thing though is for sure. Despite a mediocre loan stint last term, Leeds United could have done with his services this season.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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