Leeds United agreed fee for Alfonso Pedraza in 2017 and he now looks perfect for Marcelo Bielsa
In the winter of 2017, Leeds United snapped up Spanish winger Alfonso Pedraza from Villarreal. His club paid out the remainder of a loan deal at Lugo in order for the move to go ahead and Leeds were hopeful he could help them clinch a play-off spot.
If they managed to make it to the Premier League, Leeds would be signing him permanently. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds had agreed a £8.5 million option with the Spanish side to sign the player in the event of promotion to the top-flight.
Unfortunately, Garry Monk’s Leeds finished seventh and missed out on the play-offs. Pedraza, who scored once in 14 games for Leeds, headed to Deportivo Alaves on loan for the 2017-18 season.
But now, Pedraza is showing just why Leeds were keen in the first place.
Finally, the 22-year-old is in the Villarreal first-team. He has played 10 games for the Yellow Submarine this season, including two 90 minute displays in the Europa League. He has also developed his game into being an attacking left-back option, rather than just a winger.
At the weekend, playing in his preferred attacking role, he bagged an assist in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani played a huge role in putting the initial deal together and Leeds would be right to keep tabs on the player going forward, especially considering his newly found adaptability that would suit Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play.