Samuel Saiz has been Leeds United’s standout star in what has been an inconsistent campaign for Thomas Christiansen’s side.
The Spaniard has been Christiansen’s best summer signing, and he looks like one of the bargains of the summer transfer window at present.
The 26-year-old seemingly is has it all, but has he got one weakness?
Saiz looks to be the complete package for Leeds at this level, and it is hard to find fault in the player.
Perhaps sometimes he could look to play the simpler ball, but with his range of passing, Leeds fans will not begrudge him trying something different.
You could argue he doesn’t score enough.
Saiz is supremely talented and finds fantastic positions but he only has five goals in 18 games this season.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad. However, we are talking about one of the better players in the division. Cavaleiro, Hoilett, Bowen, Adomah, Jota, Dowell and Celina have all scored more and they too play out wide or in advanced midfield roles.
There’s no reason why Saiz shouldn’t be aiming for close to 20 goals this season, he’s that good, but unfortunately it looks unlikely.
Saiz’s far from the finished article, and for me, his discipline is becoming a problem.
The 26-year-old has five bookings already this season, most of which have come due to his overreaction towards the match officials.
It is something that Christiansen needs to warn his playmaker about, as it is costing him far too many needless yellow cards.
I’d say his engine.
The thing is, though, Leeds have had him carry many of their players this season and a lot of them get tired with their high tempo approach.
I’d say that is probably the biggest drawback for Saiz but it isn’t all his fault.
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