Transfer Focus: Leeds are fools to pass up on Abel Hernandez

Phil Hay on Twitter immediately shut down any rumours that Leeds United would once again look for a move for Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez.

The forward proved his striking credentials in English football during his spell at Hull City where he netted 20 goals in the Championship in one season.

The 28-year-old has now been released by CSKA Moscow and is available on a free. Leeds were chasing him back in 2018, but it seems that they’re unwilling to go back in for him this time around.

Need a striker

Leeds are in desperate need for a forward this summer. Although Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford scored quite a few goals between them, the Whites’ conversion rate was the worst in the Championship last season.

The strikers at Elland Road have been squandering too many chances over the past 12 months, and if Leeds are to go up next year that has to stop.

Hernandez is a proven goalscorer at this level, and if he is available for free it doesn’t make any sense for Victor Orta to just ignore that.

29 goals in 52 Championship appearances tells you all you need to know about the Uruguayan’s proficiency up top.

Best option available

Leeds have been linked with loads of strikers since the season ended. Michael Frey and Dwight Gayle immediately spring to mind.

The Newcastle man would cost close to £20 million, whilst Frey is valued at £2.25 million by Transfermarkt.

Both of these fees would likely add up to more than Hernandez’s yearly wages if he is signed on a free transfer.

Frey has never been a prolific scorer in his career, and whilst Gayle has been a fantastic Championship striker, Hernandez may be better value for money.

Gayle has an unbelievable strike rate scoring 47 goals in 72 Championship appearances, but Hernandez is one of the only players in the world who can rival that in this division netting 29 in 52.

Leeds would be saving themselves a lot of cash if they opted for Hernandez rather than Gayle, and despite his marginally worse goalscoring record he would still be the better signing.