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Leeds United should raid automatic promotion rivals for Samuel Saiz replacement



Leeds United are resigned to losing Samuel Siaz in January with the wide man heading to Getafe on a six-month loan, ahead of a permanent deal in the summer.

Marcelo Bielsa will have a call to make as to whether he adds to his side through the youth ranks, or he searches externally for a replacement for the 27-year-old.

Either way, there will be a player fighting for the Spaniard’s place once the new year is upon the club.

Saiz flattered to deceive at times during his two-and-a-half years at Elland Road, with his stats a little lower than perhaps many thought they were when glancing back at his time at the club.

One player who, on paper, looks like he could be a perfect fit, would be a player from Leeds’ promotion rivals.

And a player who is currently out of favour at second-place Norwich City.

There are Championship clubs reportedly chasing this particular Canaries player, with a view to a loan move in the new year, but if Leeds come calling, then he would almost certainly move there ahead of Ipswich Town and Millwall.

Ben Marshall earned a move to Carrow Road on the back of a mightily impressive second-half of the season loan from Wolves to the Lions last year, and he was the catalyst to Neil Harris’ side finishing eighth.

In 16 Championship appearances for Millwall, Marshall was involved in eight goals, scoring three times and assisting six – averaging either a goal or an assist every two matches.

With Saiz leaving, there is space for a winger on the left-hand side, and although right-footed, he played the majority of his football on the left-hand side for Millwall.

Now, the move to Norfolk has not gone according to plan, with only four appearances to his name and none since August, Marshall has been chronically out of favour.

He did have a stomach injury that kept him out for a while but since his return and even beforehand, he barely featured under Daniel Farke – and when he has played, he has played at right-back.

The winger is strong from set pieces and has a high-level of crossing ability, his through balls are generally pretty accurate, too.

Marshall is pacy and direct and will play the ball on the ground as much as he can, and that is something Bielsa is adamant on.

He is everything Saiz wasn’t; he will be more involved and apply himself more.

Without breaking the bank for a player form the continent who will need time to adjust and adapt – Marshall is already a seasoned professional at this level, and is English to boot.

The 27-year-old could add more width and a different dimension to the current squad.

He has the ability to get people out of their seats and could well do that at Elland Road if Leeds declare their interest in the winger and gazump strugglers Ipswich and Millwall and land the former Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Doing so could well give them a lift and allow them to extend their lead at the top of the Championship.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Leeds United should raid automatic promotion rivals for Samuel Saiz replacement

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