Radrizzani reportedly strikes his first Leeds transfer blow - why fans should be thrilled
COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
Just 24 hours after Leeds trumpeted the arrival of their new joint-owner, reliable reports have emerged that Andrea Radrizzani has struck his first transfer blow.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the promotion hopefuls have reached an agreement with Al-Arabi over the terms of permanent transfer of Pablo Hernandez.
Two pieces of great PR in consecutive days. The excitement levels among Leeds fans, so used to their club being publicly embarrassed and shamed during the three-year Massimo Cellino reign, will be reaching fever pitch.
Hernandez may not have made as big an impact as some of last summer’s arrivals, most notably defensive titans Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling.
But he has been a super-solid loanee, and will make an equally reliable permanent transfer.
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Sure, the Hernandez deal could have been wrapped up under the old regime, the one where Cellino ruled with an iron fist wrapped in an iron glove.
But it would be stretching credulity to imagine that sports media mogul Radrizzani, who had been in talks to buy the club for months before sealing 50 per cent ownership that could become 100 per cent in July, had no say in Leeds’ first foray into the January transfer market.
Tying up Hernandez permanently would have been a no-brainer once the sums added up.
He may be 31 and no longer the speedy right-winger who scorched left-backs for breakfast but the four-times Spain international is a class act.
Hernandez has the ability to dictate the pace of a game with his touch, vision and eye for the unexpected. He took some time to find his feet in the Championship but now looks at home conducting the Leeds orchestra from his central playmaking role.
Leeds fared very well during his six-week absence with a hamstring injury but it is no coincidence that the team always look in finer fettle when the Spaniard is on the pitch.
In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed for the club after agreeing terms.