Leeds United were right to step away from expensive Abel Hernandez
In the summer, one of the key roles Leeds United wanted to improve in the first-team squad was the striker department.
Leeds eventually signed Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough for a reported £7 million. That looks a good deal, despite his recent injury concerns.
However, he was not the initial first-choice.
Leeds were first 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.
A potent goalscorer at Championship level it seemed a good deal for Leeds. Everything seemed to be in place but the deal continued to drag on.
Other teams were soon being linked and Leeds appeared to move on to Matej Vydra, which also proved fruitless. In the end, Hernandez headed to Russia, joining CSKA Moscow on a free transfer.
The Yorkshire Evening Post went on to suggest he would have set Leeds back around £100,000-a-week. That would have been an astronomical amount for a player who had suffered serious injury problems in recent years.
Moscow were clearly more forthcoming, but Leeds are not missing out.
Hernandez has scored two goals in nine games for the Russian side. He has missed a number of games this term with a hip and groin problem, suggesting his long-term prospects at Leeds would not have been great.
Sure, the man they brought in eventually has also had serious injury trouble. But at least Leeds are not paying Bamford £100,000-a-week.
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