Leeds United’s Samuel Saiz has made a permanent move to Spain after signing for Girona, the club has confirmed.
The Spaniard was initially part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans last season and made 21 appearances under the Argentine, but after declaring he was unhappy in England he moved to Getafe for the second half of the season.
He didn’t have a very successful spell in La Liga, starting only two games for Getafe and making just 12 appearances in total, hence why he has dropped to Spain’s second tier after Girona signed him for an undisclosed fee.
Saiz became an important player for Leeds when he first arrived in 2017. He made 58 appearances in total, scoring 10 and assisting 12.
However, he won’t be missed by too many fans due to the circumstances of his loan departure combined with the fact that Leeds have already strengthened their attacking midfield positions with Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.
The money received for this transfer should help Bielsa strengthen other areas of his squad, as the club continues its policy of offloading its fringe players.
This transfer was always on the cards, and it has probably come as a relief to all parties involved that it has been confirmed.
Saiz did well for the most part in his Leeds career but the mindset of the club has changed in recent weeks and they are now trying to add real quality to the side, as evidenced by the signing of Helder Costa.
The playmaker didn’t have the right mindset for Leeds or a Marcelo Bielsa team, and he is a player the squad could do without as he is likely to lower morale, so it is good for the club that he has been sold.