By Alex Stevens
Alfonso Pedraza made his full Leeds debut in their 2-0 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday – and fans offered mixed views on his display.
The deadline-day signing was named in the starting XI for the first time after making his bow as a second-half substitute in the defeat to Huddersfield last weekend.
Pedraza, 20, could not mark his first start with a goal or assist as his side were off key against the Welsh visitors, managed by former Elland Road boss Neil Warnock.
Second half goals from Sean Morrison and Kenneth Zohore secured the win for Cardiff and condemned Leeds to a second consecutive league defeat.
Garry Monk’s side remain fifth in the table but have lost ground on the leaders, with Brighton moving 10 points clear after a 4-1 thumping of Burton.
Fans took to social media to give their verdicts on Pedraza, who was withdrawn after 71 minutes and replaced by Kemar Roofe.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Pedraza? I’m not sure he was the quality signing I was lusting after to give us the shot in the arm for final promo push. #lufc
— Tom (@murgs78) February 11, 2017
Don’t really think Pedraza’s up to speed yet. Fancy Roofe second half. #lufc
— Mark Philmore (@IdlePastimes) February 11, 2017
Sacko for pedraza please #LUFC
— Phil Hardaker (@philjh1975) February 11, 2017
#lufc Alfonso Pedraza looks fast and good, will get better, BUT a hard game when You are playing against a team of 12
— Hagar #Article50 (@Hagar62lufc) February 11, 2017
Pedraza still feeling his way into game you feel, but gets in right areas and runs beyond Wood. #lufc
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) February 11, 2017
Game too slow for Pedraza and enough slow for Bamba. Hope we ll gear up in second half #lufc
— Krzysztof Wrzal (@KrzysztofWrzal) February 11, 2017
Pedraza looking lively #lufc
— Louie Harris (@louieharris1919) February 11, 2017
Pedraza joined Leeds on an initial loan deal from parent club Villarreal that runs until the end of the season after the Yorkshire club paid a £300,000 charge to cut short his spell at second-tier Spanish outfit Lugo.
It has been widely reported in the 20-year-old’s native Spain that Leeds have agreed to pay £8.5million to buy the player permanently if they are promoted this season.