He is history - Defender urges teammates to forget about Leeds player
By Harry Sykes
A former Lugo teammate of Alfonso Pedraza has urged the club to forget about the on-loan Leeds winger and move on.
Villarreal’s Pedraza made a huge impact at the Spanish second-tier outfit on loan in the first half of this season as he demonstrated the form that persuaded the Yorkshire giants to sign him up for a temporary spell in the January window.
The 20-year-old scored six goals and supplied eight assists in 23 league matches for Lugo and was a driving force in the team’s promotion bid.
But Lugo’s results have dipped considerably following Pedraza’s exit, with eight matches yielding only two wins, and many supporters have identified his absence as a key factor.
Nonetheless, Lugo right-back Jordi Calavera admitted the left-footed attacker was a key man, although he believes others in the team must learn to deal with his departure and deliver the goods.
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“There are people who can play there and who can do better,” Calavera told Spanish outlet La Voz de Galicia. “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.”
Calavera’s comments made it clear he does not expect to see Pedraza at Lugo again.
Spanish publication Marca claim Leeds paid his parent club Villarreal a fee of £255,000 to finalise the details on his second loan move of the season, and that the deal includes the option to buy him permanently for £8.5million if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Pedraza has had a mixed start at Elland Road, scoring one goal in six appearances.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.