Neil Redfearn delivers verdict on Pedraza cameo in Leeds victory against Birmingham
By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn was full of praise for January addition Alfonso Pedraza following his cameo against Birmingham on Friday evening.
The 20-year-old winger started from the bench at St. Andrews before coming on in the 73rd minute for Stuart Dallas.
He was then celebrating his first goal for the club just eight minutes later as he slotted past Tomasz Kuszczak in the 3-1 victory.
Redfearn was clearly impressed with what he saw from the Spaniard and claimed he had shown “glimpses” of his skill and pace during his short time on the pitch.
“It was a great little bit of breakup play in midfield by Hernandez and he worked the ball out to Pedraza who steadied himself on his left foot and it was a great strike back across the keeper,” told Redfearn, praising Pedraza’s goal to Radio Yorkshire.
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“I thought he showed glimpses of skill and pace. It was a good cameo performance from him.”
Pedraza joined Leeds from La Liga side Villarreal after spending the first half of the campaign in the Spanish second division with Lugo.
It is said that Leeds have an £8.5million clause in the deal to make the move permanent in the summer providing they win promotion and they are currently on course to do so as they sit in fourth place with 11 matches of the season left.
Pedraza will have certainly given manager Garry Monk some food for thought ahead of the midweek clash against Fulham and much of the Whites fanbase will be keen to see him start.