Leeds United have made just two signings in the transfer window so far and they are fighting a hard battle to keep hold of their important players. Last season’s top scorer for the Whites, Kemar Roofe, was being linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion. Now, another one of their important forwards, Samuel Saiz, is garnering interest from Spanish clubs. It’s being reported that there has been an offer of more than £8m for the 27-year-old forward.
However, Marcelo Bielsa is sticking to his guns and he wants to keep the Spaniard at Elland Road. However, an offer from one of the top half Spanish clubs like Valencia will surely be tempting for the player. Another major factor is that Saiz is a Spaniard so he wouldn’t mind returning to his homeland and playing football in the top tier.
The Peacocks signed Saiz last summer only from Huesca for a fee worth £3m. If the Whites are looking for profit then they have a good offer on their hands as in just one year they can get more than double of what they paid for the player. The versatile forward started his season brightly under former manager Thomas Christiansen but his form went down as the season progressed. He was also involved in a controversy and was slapped with a ban of six games for spitting.
The Whites will be looking to give a decent go at the playoff spot but given the current squad they have, they look far away from challenging for that even though they have an experienced manager in Marcelo Bielsa. They are in desperate need of a striker who can score 15-20 odd goals a season. The West Yorkshire outfit have been linked with quite a few strikers, but none of them have reached a fruitful conclusion for United.
Leeds United are already short of attacking options and letting Saiz leave this summer will be a recipe for disaster. He managed a tally of 9 goals and 8 assist in all competitions last season and he was one of the better performers at Elland Road. The urge to make a profit will be tempting, but the move will certainly not go down well with the fans as they want their team to challenge for the playoff spot.