COMMENT By Richard Parks
Victor Orta has come under heavy and intense criticism after the wheels fell spectacularly off Leeds United’s season.
Most of his signings flopped and supporters were hugely frustrated at cash shelled out on so many mediocre players with no pedigree in the Championship.
But everything will be forgiven if the United recruitment chief can win the race for Hull City striker Abel Hernandez this summer.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship giants are putting together an offer to entice the Uruguayan, 27, after placing him top of their list of centre-forward targets.
It is said that United want to secure Hernandez on a free transfer after he snubbed the offer of a new deal at Hull, where his current agreement expires on 30 June.
Cue excited comments on social media from Leeds fans.
To say they have been underwhelmed by the players the club have been strongly linked with signing this summer, with the notable exception of Kyle Bartley, is something of an understatement.
Like Bartley, Hernandez has a track record in English football that demands respect.
Signed by Hull for £10million from Palermo in the summer of 2014, he has netted 39 goals in 110 games for the Humberside outfit, including a lethal eight from 10 appearances in a season ruined by injury and 28 strikes from his 48 Championship matches.
There will be encouragement that Leeds are in the race for the 29-times Uruguay international, but it is by no means certain they can lead it or seal his signature.
Hernandez is one of the most attractive free agents available for Championship clubs this summer, although one piece of good news for United is that he definitely won’t be staying at Hull.
The forward has snubbed what Tigers manager Nigel Adkins called “one hell of a contract”, two years after Aston Villa tabled what he claimed, as quoted by the YEP, was a £20million bid for the player.
There’s no doubt about it. Signing Hernandez would be a huge coup for Leeds.