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Leeds United Playmaker Set To Have A Medical With La Liga Outfit: What Next For Bielsa?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Things are moving fast when it comes to Samuel Saiz’s switch back to Spain as Yorkshire Evening Post claims that the Leeds United playmaker is set to travel for a medical at Getafe. The official move can only happen in January, and it is believed that it would be a loan deal with a view of making it permanent next summer. Reports also add that the Whites are valuing their Spanish playmaker at £6m.

This is definitely coming as a major shock to everyone involved with the club. Reports from the Mirror earlier suggested that the playmaker was unsettled and he has failed to adjust to life at the West Yorkshire outfit. The midfielder and his pregnant wife have decided that moving back to Spain would be the right way to go and La Liga outfit Getafe seems to be their way out of England.

Saiz has been at the club for 18 months now, and it was reported that the 27-year-old was signed for £3m. So on current valuation, the Whites are looking to double their profit on the player, and it remains to be seen whether Getafe would be willing to match that price.

With injuries on so many fronts, Saiz has managed to get his place back in the starting eleven after he missed out close to a month’s action as Bielsa decided to drop him. His attacking contribution has been dismal so far this season as he is yet to score a goal even though the Whites play one of the most attacking brands of football in the Championship.

Izzy Brown who is on loan from Chelsea has started playing for the u-23 side, and he is likely to be an option in the attacking midfield role. However, it remains to be seen how he would go about his business after such a lengthy injury lay off.

Bielsa has so far played down (Leeds Live) the chance of making significant movements in the transfer market in January, but if Saiz is set to depart, then the club should rethink their strategy. Going for a creative or a goalscoring midfielder should be on the agenda of the club, and they should not wholly depend on Brown to take them through the rest of the season.

In terms of abilities and skills, Saiz was one of the best players for United in the attacking half of the pitch, but sadly he wasn’t able to replicate those skills in tangible results. His individualistic style of play didn’t suit Bielsa’s plan, and it was no surprise that the manager dropped him in favour of Forshaw. With just a few weeks to go for the January window, Saiz could be playing his last few games for the Whites.

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