If Leeds United didn’t want Huddersfield to go up last season because they are our local rivals we don’t want Villa to go up this season just to give us a boost in the race for Abel Hernandez. Aston Villa could be staring a transfer embargo in the face if they can’t see of Fulham on bank holiday weekend, and that would be great for Leeds United.

Leeds pursuit of Abel Hernandez has been widely speculated on and one of the potential key factors is the game between Aston Villa and Fulham tonight. Aston Villa have ploughed money into their playing squad in the past couple of years and defeat tonight will mean that financial fair play is upon their doorstop. The money Villa have spent on players has been remarkable given they are a Championship club and not gaining promotion is a disaster for them on and off the pitch. Fulham are more than capable of winning this one, but Villa have the experience.

Abel Hernandez has worked with Steve Bruce at Hull City and that accompanied with the fact they could offer him more money if they reach the Premier League means Villa seem to be the main rivals for us in this instance.

We can offer alternative pros though. Hernandez wouldn’t need to relocate, he would be moving to a bigger club than Hull where he would be the main striker, that wouldn’t be the case at Aston Villa. We also appear to be in a position to offer him a good package. Don’t underestimate the pulling power of a club when they are offering to make you their star player.

Fulham go into the game in great form, a defeat on the final day scuppered their chances of automatic promotion but they came through the semi-final against Derby after a loss in the first leg. Villa did the job at the Riverside against Boro and have the players who know exactly how to win games like this. John Terry, James Chester, Neil Taylor, Mile Jedinak, Robert Snodgrass and Lewis Grabban, some experience there and that’s just a few of the names who will be on show tonight.

A Fulham win would put Villa’s immediate future into serious doubt, wages and fees that the Championship has never experienced before could come crashing down around them.


Abel Hernandez himself has headed on holiday for the time being. Leeds have offered the player a package they believe will be enough to make the player consider the move and that may have been helped by the investment deal that came from the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week.

The extra money can’t do any harm, even if that means offering the player a sizeable bonus at Leeds or slightly higher wages. Football is what it is, clubs enjoyed us and our turmoil and Leeds fans will enjoy seeing Villa bite themselves in the backside by losing tonight, but they are probably the favourites heading into the game.