The Leeds United newbie was key to Lugo’s promotion hopes.

Leeds’ Alfonso Pedraza celebrates scoring their third goal

Leeds United worked hard in the winter to bring in talented Spaniard Alfonso Pedraza. He arrived on loan from Villarreal and should Leeds earn promotion can sign for the club permanently. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that fee as being in the region of £8.5 million.

He was previously on loan with Spanish second tier side Lugo and helping them fight for promotion to La Liga.

Since he left the club, Lugo’s form has dipped dramatically.

They have won just twice in the eight games since he left the club, with many fans pointing to his absence as the reason.

Now those at the club have had their say.

Manager Luis Cesar is quoted by La Voz de Galicia as stating:

“He was an important player for us, I will not deny it, but I can not hide myself in that either.”

Lugo right-back Jordi Calavera spoke about Pedraza’s exit this week. Speaking to La Voz de Galicia the young defender has spoken about Pedraza’s departure and that the Spanish club must learn to deal with his exit:

Fulham’s Tim Ream in action with Leeds’ Alfonso Pedraza

“But there are people who can play there and who can do better. We focus on the players we have and we are dead to them. Alfonso is past, he’s gone and we have the comrades we have to achieve the goal.”

There is no doubt that his absence is keenly felt at Lugo. He has proven himself talented at Leeds, with one goal in six appearances but has yet to set the place alight like he did with his former loan club.

But Leeds know they have themselves a gem in the form of the 20-year-old Spaniard.

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