Leeds United Opinion: Why Leeds should take a punt on Abel Hernandez?
Last summer, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds United were interested in signing Abel Hernandez, who was a free agent after failing to agree on a new deal with Hull City. However, a move didn’t happen and the Whites went onto sign Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough.
Abel Hernandez, 28, eventually ended up joining CSKA Moscow on a three-year deal last summer, but it didn’t go to plan. The Uruguayan struggled with hip and groin injuries for much of the season, mustering only three goals in 15 appearances. That saw both CSKA Moscow and the player to agree that it was best for his contract to be ended by mutual consent.
Now a free agent, should Leeds United swoop in for Hernandez?
The Whites are likely to be looking to sign another defender this summer, after Pontus Jansson completed his move to Brentford earlier this week. Jansson was one of Leeds’ most consistent performers last season but has now left the club following a fallout with manager Marcelo Bielsa.
With the departure of Jansson and pressure mounting on Leeds over the futures of Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe, Bielsa needs to make few more additions to his squad before the season’s start. The signings of Helder Costa, Rafa Mujica and Jack Harrison will improve the Whites’ squad massively but Bielsa’s side still lacks a back-up striker to Roofe and Bamford.
Goals were tough to come by in the second half of last season and Bielsa cannot commit the same mistake again of relying only on the likes of Roofe and Bamford. That’s why the Yorkshire giants must take a gamble on Abel Hernandez.
Hernandez has previously proven that he is a threat in the Championship, scoring 20 goals in 39 league appearances in the 2015/16 campaign with Hull City. The main concern would be whether or not he could stay fit for the entire season.
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Nevertheless, the Uruguayan forward would be a handy option to have in the squad, and with his Championship experience and pedigree meaning he could be capable of stepping into Roofe’s role should he move on this summer.
Bielsa must make full use of the free agency market due to highly inflated prices in the transfer market right now. Even if Hernandez comes with a risk, Leeds must take it and hope he can prove his fitness throughout the campaign.