A major bombshell has been dropped on Leeds United fans in the form of rampant speculation regarding the future of fan favourite, Samuel Saiz.
It has been rumoured that the Spanish playmaker, 28, is unsettled in England and wants a move back to Spain with La Liga side, Getafe, interested.Embed from Getty Images
This speculation has come at a time where Leeds sit in second place in the championship whilst currently competing for a return to Premier League status, following a 15-year hiatus from top-flight football.
With the January transfer window quickly approaching, a potential move for the player would see him move to Getafe on an initial six-month loan with the option for the Spanish side to purchase Saiz in the summer transfer window.
Phil Hay, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, is reporting that Saiz has been keen on “resuming his career in Spain since the summer”
A tale of two halves?
Saiz has been the subject of affection among the Leeds faithful for his performances over the past 18 months.
‘Samu’, as he is referred to by fans, was also nominated for the Leeds United ‘Player of the Season’ award.
He has been a shining light for the club scoring eight goals and providing nine assists in 37 appearances last season whilst also being nominated for the Leeds United ‘Player of the Season’ award.
This feat was also accomplished during the disastrous 2017/18 season which saw Leeds transform from promotion hopefuls to mid-table fodder over the winter period.
“I’m so gutted, he is my favourite player”
Season ticket holder, Catherine Coston is a 51-year-old lifelong fan of the club. Upon being informed of this speculation she spoke in a distraught manner, saying “I’m so gutted” and further adding, “he is my favourite player”.
However, Saiz has suffered from a dip in form since a positive start to this current season with the attacking midfielder has also failing to register a league goal for the Whites within the last 15 months.
“I doubt he will be missed”
Another lifelong fan of the club, 33 year-old James Whitehead, said, “I doubt he will be missed in the team. I can’t remember the last time he scored in a league game anyway.”
Leeds boss, Marcelo Bielsa, has made the choice to use Saiz in a bit-part capacity during recent games whilst making Spanish veteran, Pablo Hernandez, his preferential choice to provide creativity in Leeds’ midfield.
Bielsa has also integrated English teenager, Jack Clarke, into the first team as of late.
This choice has seemingly coincided with a 4 game winning streak for the club which could be extended to a record five wins in a row if the Whites can secure victory over Bolton Wanderers tomorrow night.
Social Media Response
Fans have responded to the news on social media with mixed reactions:
@EastStandUpper, admits to be “on the fence” about the Saiz situation.
On the one hand, they concede that Saiz has “bags of talent”, however they do admit that he can be “horribly inconsistent and invariably infuriating”.
On the fence about Saiz… bags of talent and it’s clear we lack a creative x-factor when he’s not on the park. But he’s horribly inconsistent and invariably infuriating, and this is the second season he’s faded badly after a good start. But rather he left in June than Jan. #lufc
— EastStandUpper (@EastStandUpper) December 13, 2018
Leeds United blog, The Scratching Shed, believes that Leeds will “miss” Saiz and accredits Leeds’ strong start to the season to Saiz being “at his best”.
The Scratching Shed does appear to support the popular notion that the Spanish midfielder has not “consistently performed” well for the club.
The best we've seen of Leeds this season was early doors when Saiz was at his best. If there's any way to convince him to see out the season and try to recover that form, we should be doing just that. #lufc
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) December 13, 2018
@ellspencex, feels that “if Saiz isn’t happy when things are this good” at Leeds then he should be allowed to go.
If Saiz isn’t happy when things are THIS good then ta’raaaaa 👋🏽
— El🐒 (@ellspencex) December 13, 2018
A story all too familiar?
Leeds United are yet to officially comment on the situation, which has the potential to become an ongoing transfer saga for the weeks to come.
Leeds fans are no strangers to the occasional transfer saga as there have been previous situations, such as the sale of Luciano Becchio in 2013, that have curtailed previous promotion pushes by the Yorkshire side.
Fans of the Whites will be hoping that this situation can be quickly resolved, without interrupting the process of awakening a sleeping giant of English football.