There’s been a surprising transfer development at Leeds United over the last week, with Samu Saiz departing Elland Road swiftly after expressing his desire to return to Spain for personal reasons.
Leeds have moved to deal with the situation efficiently, with the 27-year-old’s loan move to Getafe confirmed last night. The La Liga outfit have the opportunity to make the transfer permanent next summer, too.
???? | #LUFC can confirm that a deal has been agreed for Samuel Saiz to join Getafe CF on loan in January
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 17, 2018
Saiz departs a popular figure at Elland Road after an 18 months that brought a little bit of everything.
Almost 60 appearances were made across all competitions, with Saiz returning 10 goals for the Whites in that time including a hat-trick on his debut under Thomas Christiansen in 2017.
The five goals Saiz scored in the Championship all came under Christiansen, with the Dane the manager that seemed to get the best out of the 27-year-old.
There was controversy surrounding Saiz during his time in Leeds, though, with the Spaniard banned for six games following a spitting incident in the FA Cup back in January, something that it could be argued he has never really recovered from.
Not even the high-profile Marcelo Bielsa has been able to get Saiz flying again, with no Championship goals and only four assists coming in 19 appearances this season.
Saiz has departed now and doesn’t look like he will return to Leeds again, with many gutted, but understanding, following this transfer.
In our latest FLW Rewind, we’ve opted to look back at the day Leeds sealed a deal to bring Saiz to England, 18 months ago in the summer of 2017…
GOING UP AS CHAMPIONS
— BC (@BC_LUFC) July 10, 2017
Saiz really does matter.
— Mr Geldard (@MrJGeldard) July 10, 2017
You´re going to love him. Steal. very high quality. Only down, he gets booked a lot for protesting fouls here, I assume there will be worse
— Sr Piccaro (@machiavellico) July 10, 2017
#lufc how refreshing and positive is it to be looking forward and making signings…. I hope they're effective
— Tony Dewing (@Bobfreckle) July 10, 2017
It's really coming together
— mark (@GunnyMark) July 10, 2017
— Sean O'Neill (@sean_oneill89) July 10, 2017