He’s a name that delights and frustrates in equal measure, a supremely talented player with a dark streak running through him.
Samu Saiz, the Leeds United man with goals and assists, but also a temperament that resulted in a huge ban last season. He was the one fans turned to when it all started to go wrong under Paul Heckingbottom and he failed to deliver.
That isn’t to say he isn’t a good player, not at all. He’s got creativity, guile and a penchant for the spectacular. He’s a modern day maverick, the sort of player you can never predict. Will the genius turn up, or a sulky look-a-like?
Could Swansea City make good of a player likely to fall foul of the new Leeds boss?
If you set aside the ban and the inconsistent performances for a second, you can see a glimpse of the talent beneath. He made 34 appearances for Leeds last season, six of which came from the bench. During this game time, he struck five goals and weighed in with seven assists.
He’s a trickster too, he loves getting on the ball and running at players, making 2.4 dribbles per game. When compared to other Championship players, that is impressive. As a comparison, James Maddison also managed 2.4 dribbles per game. He’s in esteemed company, the Norwich man recently moved for £20m.
He also attempts 1.9 shots per game and makes 1.9 key passes per game, both numbers that compare incredibly well with his Championship peers. He’s proven to be effective and devastating when he’s on form, if he could be kept happy and managed well then he’s got all the attributes to be a massive influence.
If there was a cut-price deal to be had, Swansea City might benefit from trying to tame Samu Saiz.