In the summer, Leeds United were on the hunt for a proven Championship goalscorer.
Matej Vydra was one potential target, with Patrick Bamford eventually being brought in.
Leeds were also linked with a move for former Hull City striker Abel Hernandez. The Uruguayan was a free agent after failing to agree on a new deal at the KCOM Stadium. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds were ready to pay him the £40,000-a-week he had been earning with Hull City.
The Uruguayan was a potent goalscorer at Championship level but injury troubles will have certainly had Leeds fans apprehensive of his transfer. They needn’t worry, as the deal never came off. Hernandez was eventually lured into a move to Russia with CSKA Moscow.
The Yorkshire Evening Post went on to suggest he would have set Leeds back an astronomical d £100,000-a-week. In the end, they did not miss out.
Hernandez struggled with hip and groin injuries for much of the season, playing just 15 times and scoring three goals.
Now whilst Patrick Bamford has not fared much better with fitness and form, at least he is not costing Leeds a small fortune a week for the privilege.
The opportunity to sign Hernandez is present again this summer. As announced by the Russian club, the 28-year-old is a free agent again after mutually terminating his deal at the VEB Arena.
— PFC CSKA Moscow (@PFCCSKA_en) May 27, 2019
Leeds United, however, should avoid any deal. Hernandez’s career has been plagued by injury trouble and Leeds have had enough of that this season.
Some lucky club could sign Hernandez and keep him fully fit long enough to be the sharpshooter in front of goal he truly is. Leeds United should not and surely will not take that gamble.