The departure of Samu Saiz in the winter ended on a bad note.
The diminutive magician departed Elland Road due to complex family issues that forced him to return home to Spain to support his wife.
However, when the dust had settled, there had been some choose words said from Adam Forshaw and the playing staff to say the dressing room may had lost an ‘individual’ on Saiz’s departure.
However, several fixtures over the past month or so have not gone Leeds’ way, not for the want of trying. But it’s hard not to think the influx of a skilful and brave midfielder could have made a difference.
Saiz was always known for his abrasive runs from midfield and his ability to commit midfielders and defenders alike was renowned for giving players like Hernandez and Roofe space to create chances.
Although Tyler Roberts has shown some promise in this role, a player I do believe will adapt to Bielsa’s teachings and become an Oxlade-Chamberlain type of player.
The young striker still has much to learn and can been seen wanting the ball instead of making moves to give players the ability to create magic.
Whereas Saiz was just as deadly off the ball as on it and although his attitude could be questioned, I’ve always been a fond believer that a little attitude in the game only adds to a club’s strength. After all, look at Vinnie in our Championship winning season 30 years ago.
The 28-year olds loan spell at Getafe has been a failed experiment, the club have already informed Leeds they will not be taking up the optional permanent transfer that was placed on his contract.
Not only that, but the midfielder has only featured six times for the fourth placed La Liga side, and was not even named on the substitutes bench in Sunday’s win over Bilbao. Only featuring in 228 minutes of football, Saiz is once again out in the cold in Spain.
Turning your attention to the last six fixtures, a player like Saiz could make a massive difference as Leeds push for promotion.
Whether a return to Leeds can be negotiated is beyond my understanding of loan deals.
However, with automatic promotion still in our grasp, I’d rather have every weapon available to us than one sat in Spain not playing. How about you?
By Ryan Ingham