These two Leeds players will miss out as La Liga ace reportedly jets in
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds are set to confirm a loan-to-buy deal for Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza, but what does it mean for Stuart Dallas and Souleymane Doukara?
Spanish publication AS claim Garry Monk’s side have swooped to sign the 20-year-old winger in a loan-to-buy deal, which could see Pedraza join permanently for a staggering £8.5million.
Known for his blistering pace on the left flank as well as his exquisite ball control and crossing ability, Pedraza is likely to come straight into Monk’s first team after starring in Spain.
After cancelling his loan with second division side Lugo after a spell of glittering form, the two-time Spain Under-21 international should immediately push Dallas and Doukara down the pecking order.
Having a hand in 14 goals this season, Pedraza has scored six himself and provided eight assists, and if he can replicate that form then the Leeds duo will be forced to watch him from the bench.
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Doukara, recognised more as a striker, has starred out on the left for Monk’s side this season with glimpses of brilliance – most notably his wonderful volley against Nottingham Forest.
However, Doukara has struggled to maintain a level of consistency which has seen him come in and out of the team.
Northern Ireland international Dallas has also stuttered this season, with injuries hampering his progress under former Swansea boss Monk.
The signing of Pedraza will see the duo feature less regularly in Monk’s side. Doukara will more than likely revert to his normal position of playing back-up to 20-goal striker Chris Wood, while Dallas should play second fiddle to Leeds’ latest signing.
It remains to be seen if either Dallas or Doukara will be happy to warm the bench at Elland Road.
However, Doukara’s return to his recognised position in the eyes of Monk could spell the end for striker Marcus Antonsson, who has struggled since his move to England from Sweden.
The £2million signing has scored just three times since August and that could mean he will leave, with Pedraza set to confirm his move before the end of the January transfer window.
In other Leeds transfer news, another Sweden international could be set for a transfer to Leeds.