On Tuesday CD Lugo made public their annoyance over Alfonso Pedraza’s move to Leeds United. Pedraza was an important player for Lugo on loan during the first half of the season, and they were sorry to see him go.

Villarreal had a recall option and took that up, compensating Lugo the contractual amount, and sending Pedraza into the arms of Garry Monk on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

What annoyed Lugo was the timing of the operation, with Pedraza going to Leeds a couple of days before the window closed. They’d already managed to hold off interest from Sporting Gijon, due to a good relationship with the club.

La Voz de Asturias reports that Sporting had Pedraza as a main objective for the January market, but because of their good relationship with neighbours Lugo, they didn’t want to wreck the club’s season.

That inadvertently led to Leeds United being able to sweep in and do a deal with Villarreal. In hindsight, it would have been better for Sporting to take Pedraza from Lugo earlier in the window, giving Lugo more time to replace him.