Leeds missed out on Fernando Forestieri to Sheffield Wednesday a year ago. Can Pablo Hernandez propel them to similar heights?
Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates after the game
A year ago Leeds United made an audacious attempt to sign Fernando Forestieri from Watford, only to see him sign for Sheffield Wednesday instead.
With Forestieri undecided over a move, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino infamously blasted the Italian as 'lacking the mentality' to play for the club.
Forestieri was a huge success at Sheffield Wednesday, scoring in a win over Leeds on their way to helping the Owls to the play-off final.
Pablo Hernandez scores for Swansea
Now Leeds have a player who can be their own answer to Forestieri, bringing in Pablo Hernandez, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting it will be a loan deal to become permanent after six months.
Hernandez is an exciting player who can play behind the striker or on the wings, and Leeds are lucky to have him.
The 31-year-old has been capped by Spain, and is capable of turning a game, particularly effective in cutting teams apart on the counter attack.
Swansea City's Pablo Hernandez in action
He gives Leeds more options in attack and is likely to become a weekly starter, and adds a touch of class which can really damage opposition Championship defences.
Leeds are, like Sheffield Wednesday, a club trying to reach the next level, and while Championship football requires hard workers and experienced heads willing to get stuck in, a magician like Hernandez can be the difference maker in earning play-off football or not.
Forestieri proved vital in this regard for Sheffield Wednesday last season, and if Hernandez can make a similar impact, he could become one of the best signings of the summer.
Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring the third goal for Swansea