Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking ahead to the summer transfer window, and thus what business their team may seek to do to sustain a Championship promotion push next time round.
The Yorkshire giants made a fine start to the 2017/18 campaign and were very much in contention for a return to the Premier League back in November, only for things to go wrong over the New Year, eventually leading to the sacking of head coach Thomas Christiansen. Barnsley chief Paul Heckingbottom was then brought in to galvanise and reignite a promotion charge, but that didn’t work at all, with the Whites eventually finishing 13th in the division and 15 points off the play-off places.
Consequently, several of our resident Leeds fans will be hoping for serious investment and many key additions at Elland Road this summer, and as such they are likely to be intrigued by recent reports from The Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting that Abel Hernandez is a target.
And were the Yorkshire outfit to indeed seal a deal for the £6.3 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) striking star, it would undoubtedly boost their promotion hopes for the new season.
Ultimately, while injuries have plagued the 27-year-old’s most recent seasons, there is little doubting that he has the capabilities in front of goal to help take Leeds forward next time round.
Even this term, in mustering just ten Championship appearances for Hull City, the Uruguay international bagged eight goals and laid on two assists for Nigel Adkins’ side, some of which helping them to key victories over Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers in their battle against survival.
In fact, his record at second tier level in England is majorly impressive with Hernandez having netted 28 goals in just 49 appearances, with this season’s eight adding to the 20 he bagged in helping the Tigers win promotion back in 2016.
Thus, the 27-year-old is clearly a hugely adept striker at Championship level and exactly the sort of forward any side in the second tier would want leading the line, not least a Leeds team who are somewhat short in the attacking department.
Kemar Roofe enjoyed a fine debut season at Elland Road in netting 14 times for the club, and while Pierre Michel Lasogga also made it into double figures, he was only on loan from Hamburg and doesn’t look like making the move permanent this summer.
Add in a paltry three goals from the trio of Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki, and Caleb Ekuban, and it’s evident that Heckingbottom needs more firepower going forward to lead a promotion challenge next term – Hernandez’s arrival would do just that.
And were they to indeed lure the Uruguayan to Elland Road this summer, it would no doubt enhance their promotion credentials ahead of the new campaign.
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