The 20-year-old arrived at Leeds United in January despite plenty of interest from elsewhere.
Talk about opportunism. If Leeds United’s January swoop for Villarreal B attacker Alfonso Pedraza came out of the blue, it seems various parties in his homeland were also caught unawares by the rapid completion of the deal, La Voz de Asturias reports.
Garry Monk’s side completed a deadline day deal for the 20-year-old last month, signing him on loan for the remainder of the season complete with an obligation to make the transfer permanent for £8.5 million if Leeds earn promotion to the Premier League, the Yorkshire Post reports.
However, Pedraza’s sudden move did not go down to well with Spanish second tier side Lugo, where the midfielder had spent the first half of the season on loan. The club’s president complained to La Vanguardia that having their star man taken away in the blinking of an eye left them less than impressed, particularly as the promotion chasers had no time to find a replacement.
And, according to La Voz de Asturias, La Liga strugglers Sporting Gijon were also rendered rather red in the face by Leeds’ eleventh hour swoop.
The publication claims that the cash-strapped Sporting had identified Pedraza as a primary target but, due to their good relations with Lugo, dithered over the deal – meaning Leeds sensed blood and completed the move right from under their nose.
Pedraza’s quick feet and direct running have caught the eye in his first two appearences in English football and the fact that had so many suitors queuing up back home speaks volumes of his potential.