Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has suggested that Leeds United could use Samuel Sáiz as a striker for their clash against Millwall on Saturday afternoon.
they're big losses but I don't think it makes Saturday unwinnable. Reliant now on very big performances from Klich/Saiz/ Phillips and for Harrison to step up. Half wondering if he might bring in Baker, play Saiz up front and effectively go without a centre-forward.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 13, 2018
The Whites have been hit with a major injury crisis of late, after the news that both of their strikers Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford will be unavailable for Saturday’s clash at The Den, the latter out for almost four months through knee injury.
Hay, however, has pondered whether Marcelo Bielsa would be better off playing Sáiz as a striker, rather than giving the likes of Tyler Roberts a chance after being left out the squad over the last few weeks.
Sáiz, who normally operates as an attacking midfielder for the Yorkshire club, is used to playing striker back in his days in Spain playing for Huesca.
Bielsa’s men will also be without Sáiz‘s midfield partner Pablo Hernàndez and defender Gaetano Berardi for this weekend’s action, as the pair face up to five weeks out with injury.
This could be a masterstroke by Bielsa – Sáiz has played striker before and his midfield spot can be fulfilled by Lewis Baker.
It will be very interesting to see how this turns out…