Do Alaves struggles mean ex-Leeds United ace Alfonso Pedraza could make England return?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Newcastle United and Southampton are both reportedly interested in signing former Leeds United loanee Alfonso Pedraza in January.

Real Madrid's defender from Spain Daniel Carvajal (L) vies with Alaves' forward from Spain Alfonso Pedraza during the Spanish league football match Deportivo Alaves vs Real Madrid CF at...

Alfonso Pedraza’s debut season at La Liga outfit Alaves has been a busy one so far. The winger moved to last season’s Copa Del Ray finalists on a season-long loan deal from Villarreal but, while his performances have been hugely impressive, you can’t say the same about most of his team-mates.

As it stands, Alaves are bottom of the table with just six points to their name so far and have lost 11 out of a possible 13 league fixtures in 2017/18. And 61-year-old Italian Gianni Di Biasi has now been sacked just two months after he replaced Luis Zubeldia at the helm.

So Alaves, and Pedraza, are now set for their third manager of the season – and we are not even halfway through the campaign. The lung-busting Spaniard did not even suffer this kind of instability on loan at a Leeds United side ran by the infamous ‘manager eater’ that is Massimo Cellino.

Alfonso Pedraza of Leeds United evades Neeskens Kebano of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England.

In contrast, Pedraza’s spell at Leeds was rather quiet. He moved to Elland Road from Villarreal in January with the understanding that he would sign permanently for £8 million if Leeds earned promotion to the Premier League, per the Yorkshire Evening Post.

A disappointing second half of the season, however, meant Leeds missed out on the play-offs – and Pedraza returned to Spain.

Aleix Vidal of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Alfonso Pedraza of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Barcelona at Estadio de Mendizorroza on August...

But the International Business times claimed in October that Pedraza was being eyed up for another chance in England with Newcastle United or Southampton.

And the Spanish youth star, who has been converted into a flying left-back at Alaves this season, could perhaps be even more likely to see his loan spell cut short with Alaves in genuine danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

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