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‘Could have offered so much more’ – Leeds United player seals switch away from Elland Road: Opinion

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Leeds United have confirmed that attacking midfielder Samuel Saiz has joined Spanish side Girona for a reported fee of £2.5million.

Saiz left Elland Road temporarily in January to join Getafe on loan, but he has now sealed a permanent switch away to bring his two-year association with the club to a close.

The 28-year-old made 58 appearances for the Whites since joining the club in 2017, while he registered five league goals and eleven assists during his 18 months playing in West Yorkshire.

It is believed Saiz informed Leeds of his intention to return back to Spain back in January which prompted the initial switch to Getafe, but he struggled for playing time at the club.

So, how can Saiz’s time at Leeds be summed up?

We discuss…

Kealan Hughes

“Saiz offered so much promise and you can’t help but feel that it has largely been wasted now.

“He was brilliant when he first arrived and offered a creative spark for Leeds which made him a key attacking player and ensured he quickly became a fans favourite.

“That could have continued last season too but he never really bought into Bielsa and within a few months requested to leave due to being unhappy in England.

“His departure has caused a split amongst fans, with some disappointed and others happy, which probably sums up his contribution as a player. He was effective at times but could have offered so much more.”

Louie Chandler

“It has been pretty underwhelming on the whole hasn’t it?

“After his arrival from Huesca, he teased that he would be able to step up and become a dazzling attacking presence in the Championship – very much mirroring Pablo Hernandez.

“But instead it appears that he has failed to adapt both on and off the pitch in Leeds so cashing in on him now is the right thing to do.

“He will leave plenty of fans disappointed, however, that he never managed fulfil the obvious talent he has at Elland Road.”

Alfie Burns

“Honestly, it was a joy to watch him in a Leeds shirt. When he was good, he was one of the best in the Championship and was a real weapon for the Whites.

“It’s a massive shame that he never got going under Bielsa, though, as the Argentine would’ve been a coach who could really help develop his game.

“The little pockets of space Saiz could find would’ve given Leeds more edge towards the end of last season, and had he stayed, I think there would be every chance Leeds would be a Premier League side today.

“It’s in the past and now is a time for reflecting on what might’ve been, but I really enjoyed watching the Spaniard in a Leeds shirt.”

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