Alongside Swansea’s Modou Barrow, the only other incoming player to Elland Road during the winter transfer window in January was Spaniard Alfonso Pedraza.
Pedraza came to Leeds via a somewhat convoluted route, the 20-year-old two-cap Spanish Under-21 international moves from Villareal, who have paid a loan severance agreement of €300,000, to Leeds United on the understanding that promotion to the Premier League will kick in an automatic purchase option in the region of €10 million.
Whilst on loan at Galician side CD Lugo, the young Spaniard, who can play across the front three positions, made 22 La Liga 2 appearances, scoring six times and setting up a further eight assists.
Since arriving at Elland Road, the rated Spanish youngster has only made three appearances for the Whites, totalling just the 116 minutes of action. His third appearance for Leeds came in last night’s 3-1 victory over Birmingham City, where he opened his scoring account wit ha well-taken goal in the 81st minute.
The goal itself was both well-worked and well finished. Neat interplay between Chris Wood and Pablo Hernández saw the Spaniard break toward the box. Chris Wood peeled off into the box and Hernández passed it to his left and into the path of fellow Spaniard Pedraza. A couple of short steps and the Spanish winger struck a left-footed shot across Birmingham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak and into the bottom right-hand corner.
Reactions to Alfonso Pedraza’s first goal for the Whites
First up is the reaction of the man himself.
— Alfonso Pedraza Sag (@Alfonsopedraza9) March 3, 2017
This fan links the delight from Chris Wood to Pedraza’s goal to other tactical decisions that Leeds can offer.
This Leeds fan points out a link between the Pedraza goal and what the Whites should have been doing all this season.
The more I watch the Pedraza goal, the more I like it. That is what our wingers should have been doing all season. #lufc
— Rev. A Mol (@RevAMol) March 4, 2017
Leeds blog Peacock and Smiley say all what the rest of us are thinking.
— Peacock and Smiley (@peacock_smiley) March 3, 2017
Not sure about the wording but the sentiment is almost universally understood.
Don't know much about football tactics me but that Pedraza fella can't half twat a ball 👏👏#lufc
— Iwan ‘We all hate Leeds Scum’ Lewis 🏆🏆 (@NorthWalesWhite) March 3, 2017
Twitter user Mr Geldard says what he thinks with tongue firmly in cheek.
Anthony Martial is just a Smartprice Alfonso Pedraza. #lufc
— Mr Geldard (@MrJGeldard) March 4, 2017
Leeds fan and Twitter User Bruce Alwighty is more than a little hopeful that it’s the start of good things ahead for Alfonso Pedraza.
By the time we play Brighton, Pedraza will be starting and we'll beat them. #lufc
— Leeds That 🏆 – a Leeds United Podcast (@leedsthat) March 4, 2017