There were high hopes for striker Rafa Mujica when he arrived at Leeds United on a free transfer from Barcelona.

He had played 60 games for the Barcelona B side but couldn’t make the step up in Spain, despite playing and scoring in the International Champions Cup game against Leicester.

Leeds were hoping they could turn the then-20-year-old into a first-team player and gave him a three-year deal.

He played in a first-team friendly under Marcelo Bielsa but was then shipped out on loan almost immediately, which left Leeds fans confused. The expectation was that he would develop with the Under-23s.

Since then he’s been out on loan with ever-decreasing returns. Eight games for Extremadura UD turned to seven games for Villarreal B to three games for Real Oviedo.

This week it’s been reported that they want to terminate his season-long loan early and Mujica is said to want the same thing.

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He’s still 18 months left on his contract and Leeds must look to ship him out of the club in January.

For whatever reason, Leeds have never fancied him and he’s run out of lives on his loan moves.

It’s a big fall from grace for a player who played for Barcelona against Leicester, Liverpool and Celtic.

However, at 22-years-old, his career has gone backwards and has now stalled completely.

If Leeds can’t get a fee for him then they should look to punt him out for free.

The only sticking point could be his salary. After arriving on a free, Leeds might have cut him a deal that other clubs won’t want to match, especially after he’s flopped at La Liga 2 side Oviedo.

However, he has no future at Leeds and it’s time to cut ties with him.

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