A drastic dip in form late last season saw Leeds United fall down the points table and finish in the 13th place, failing to have even a bite at promotion. Paul Heckingbottom did not manage to get the best out of the squad at Elland Road and could yet lose his place at the club. But that has not stopped Leeds United from scouting for transfer targets this summer.
They are looking at established players, who can walk into the first team and make an immediate impact and one such player they are interested in is Abel Hernandez.
A transfer target for the likes of Fiorentina, Celtic and Wolves, Hernandez was in decent form for Hull City last season. He is a crucial part of the squad at KCOM but his contract at the club expires at the end of the next season. He is yet to sign a new deal and is expected to be up for sale this window and Leeds United are desperate for his signature.
However, it is now reported that Turkish outfit Galatasaray will go head to head with the Whites for Hernandez’ signature. This might push his price up but should Leeds pay him anyway?
Having joined Hull City from Palermo back in 2014, the Uruguayan international had a decent season for the Tigers, picking up 8 goals and an assist in just 8 starts for his side. He was mostly used as a backup and did extremely well to rack up the numbers that he did.
At just 27, he has 99 league appearances in England and 27 international appearances for Uruguay. He was overlooked for the World Cup in Russia and the lack of game time in the Championship would have played a role in it. So it does not come as a surprise that he wants to quit KCOM this summer.
A gifted finisher with the composure to find teammates in space even in congested areas, Hernandez loves to play on the shoulder of the final defender, dragging him across and creating space for his side. He is a decent dribbler, can drop deep and help in build-up play when needed but is at his best playing as a target man, waiting for crosses.
The Whites used Pierre-Michel Lasogga as their first choice striker last season while the likes of Kemar Roofe and Caleb Ekuban have acted as backups. But Leeds need a player who a offers a different dimension to the game and Hernandez fits the bill well.
He will not be expensive, has loads of experience in the league and could be a game changer for Leeds in the upcoming campaign. So the Whites will be hoping that he doesn’t agree to a deal and leaves England to join the Turkish giants in the near future.