Leeds United must offer Premier League-linked Alfonso Pedraza a second Elland Road chance

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Alfonso Pedraza has gone from strength to strength since leaving Leeds United - and is now being linked with Newcastle and Southampton.

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

If Alfonso Pedraza had brought his current form to Leeds United last season, the Spaniard could have laid claim to being one of the most threatening attacking players in the whole of the Championship.

It appears that Leeds fans never quite saw best of Pedraza, who made 14 league appearances for The Whites after joining on a half-season loan spell from Villarreal in January. The 21-year-old’s arrival coincided with a dramatic dip in form which eventually cost Leeds a place in the play-offs – and scuppered any hopes they may have had about signing him permanently.

The International Business Times claimed that Leeds would have been forced to sign Pedraza permanently for £9 million if they earned promotion to the Premier League. A failure to do so saw the Spaniard return to Villarreal and join La Liga outfit Alaves on loan instead.

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.

Though with the IB Times reporting that Pedraza is being eyed up for a shock return to English shores, should Leeds consider handing the 2015 Under-19 European Champion a second chance at Elland Road?

From strength to strength

Pedraza has been the star man in a hugely disappointing Alaves team this season, evolving from a speedy if inconsistent winger into a powerful, buccaneering left-back in the mould of a young Gareth Bale.

Pedraza caused no end of problems to Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent La Liga fixtures and, as a result, has reportedly piqued the interest of both Newcastle United and Southampton.

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...

Newcastle, managed by Rafael Benitez, signed three Spaniards in the summer including Mikel Merino – Pedraza’s former Spain Under-19 team-mate. The youngster could be the attack-minded left-back many Newcastle fans want in place of Paul Dummett.

It is unknown how much Villarreal would demand for Pedraza – or indeed whether Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani could pay up.

With Leeds failing to sign a natural replacement for Charlie Taylor in the summer, however, this new-look Pedraza could be a far better signing these days.

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