Latest reports are confirming that Leeds United are closing in on a deal for former Hull City forward, Abel Hernandez. The 27 year old South American is now a free agent after leaving Hull City last week. The player took to social media to announce his departure from the club.
Hernandez spent four years at Hull City and thanked the fans, the club and his team for the duration of his stay at the club on Instagram where he also announced his exit from the club. He had a complicated spell at the club which was plagued with injuries but the player also enjoyed an excellent goalscoring record while playing for them.
Also, Abel Hernandez drops a cryptic message on Twitter regarding an upcoming good move. Maybe the transfer to Leeds United is already done?
Great news are coming soon! pic.twitter.com/P0ruNPTIGP
— Abel Hernández (@abelhernandezok) June 5, 2018
With the player now available for a free transfer, there is a host of clubs who are circling for the signature of the player. Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Leeds United are all interested in him and the lure of a free signing has only seen the intensity for securing his signature rise up.
The player had a frustrating time last season playing only 8 times in the league, scoring 8 goals in the process. The record for Hernandez is beyond impressive given that he has scored 39 goals in 110 games in his spell at Hull but the stats become weird when it is noticed that he has played just over 100 games in a four-year spell. That averages to only 25 games a season which consists of about 55-60 games in general.
His injury problem also saw the Uruguay international miss out on a spot in the national team and he will not be flying with his teammates to take part in the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Russia in a week’s time. Hernandez is already 27 years old and needs to start playing more regularly to fulfil his potential as a great striker.
At Leeds United, the Whites endured a tough season last time out. They started off well under Spanish boss Thomas Christiansen but the wheels came off midway through the season and Paul Heckingbottom was placed in charge. Leeds failed to do any better under their new boss and finished way below the playoff spot.
The club are now without a number nine as Pierre-Michel Lassoga’s loan spell has now come to an end and they will need a new player. Getting Hernandez into the team will indeed be a smart move but with the player’s injury record, will he be a good signing for the Whites?