Despite a strong start to the Sky Bet Championship season Leeds United are at risk of losing Samu Saiz when January comes around, with the playmaker pushing for a move to Getafe and a return to Spanish football.
Leeds only moved to sign Saiz back in the summer of 2017, but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he is keen to return to Spain having become unsettled in England.
Whilst this is an obvious blow to Leeds amid their push for the Premier League, supporters should remain positive and confident that Marcelo Bielsa can deliver the promotion the club crave.
Of course, Saiz is an excellent player, but the 27-year-old’s record this season stands at 19 appearances, four assists and no goals. In fact, Saiz’s last Championship goal came way back in November 2017 under the management of Thomas Christiansen.
He hasn’t been a regular in the starting XI over the last six weeks and, in all honesty, doesn’t look like the player Leeds thought he would develop into under the coaching of Bielsa.
Pablo Hernandez is still around and the return of Izzy Brown in the coming weeks will give Bielsa a fresh option in the No.10 role, and arguably more goals.
Brown, 21, is on loan from Chelsea and his previous spell in the Championship saw him score some very important goals during the run-in, as Huddersfield Town won promotion.
Leeds also have the January transfer window to look forward to.
Of course, this update suggests it’s likely that Saiz will depart in that window, but Leeds know that a good two weeks before the window opens and will have time to source a replacement.
Saiz is a popular figure at Elland Road and would be missed, there’s no doubt about that, but this doesn’t feel like the type of blow that will derail a push for the Premier League.