By David Woods

9th Apr, 2020 | 9:52am

MOT View: Latest Saiz comments prove Leeds right to cut losses on one-time maestro

Midfielder Samu Saiz burned brightly at Leeds United for a season and his 17/18 campaign made him a firm fan favourite. 

However, it didn’t last. When Marcelo Bielsa arrived, his downward trajectory took hold and he left the club on loan before the transfer window opened in January 2019, eventually sealing a permanent move to Girona last summer.

Leeds paid £3.15m for the midfielder and his value soared while he was Elland Road.

When he moved to Getafe on loan it was as part of a package that was worth £5.8m.

However, after a very poor second half of the season that saw him start just two games, Getafe decided not to take up their option.

Saiz had burned his bridges at Leeds and ended up moving to lower league side Girona for a fee of just £2.25m, where he hasn’t set the world alight, scoring just one goal in 21 games.

It’s a sad decline for a player who wowed the Leeds fans at his peak.

When Bielsa arrived he said of Saiz, “I think Saiz is the most skilled player in our team and he has skills that few players have. I’m not talking about only our team. I’m talking about football in general.”

That’s some write-up and he must surely be regretting not seeing where Bielsa could have taken him had he given 100%.

So what happened?

Saiz asked to leave because he was unsettled in England and wanted to go back to Spain.

But his attitude was highly questionable, with Leeds skipper Liam Cooper saying of him, “It’s not about individuals, I’ll be honest. He’s a good player but we’re a team.”

The speed with which Leeds got shot of Saiz suggests that he wasn’t a good player to have around at the end and he’s never rediscovered the form that made him a potential Premier League player.

And his latest comments in an interview with Spanish outlet AS proves Leeds were right to cut their losses on the player.

“I’m not living the dream season,” Saiz said. “I’m not doing well, but the club is wonderful. People are very nice, friendly and there are many facilities. I am very comfortable here.”

Comfortable seems to be the best Saiz can hope for at the moment. It’s a huge shame and despite the bad feeling at the end, Saiz won’t be forgotten quickly at Leeds.

Unfortunately, his career will go down as ‘what might have been’.

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