By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

16th Apr, 2020 | 11:34am

'It's a shame' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on recent Saiz comments

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that it’s a shame that Samu Saiz’ career appears on a very steep downwards trajectory after he left Leeds United. 

The former midfield maestro is now languishing at La Liga 2 side Girona and in an interview with Spanish outlet AS he admitted things weren’t going well for him on the pitch.

“I’m not living the dream season,” Saiz said. “I’m not doing well, but the club is wonderful… I am very comfortable here.”

That seems a world away from the player who Marcelo Bielsa said was “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.”

Leeds fans thought Bielsa would take Saiz to a new level but that didn’t happen and the player left for Spain before the January transfer window opened in the 18/19 season.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It seemed to be a move that Saiz manufactured himself.

“It appeared to be a move that he wanted and to be fair to Leeds they stepped aside and let it happen.

“He said he wanted to go because of his family and if it’s not worked out for him it’s hard to know the reason why.

“It’s a shame but he made it clear he wanted to go.”

When Saiz was at it for Leeds he was a wonderful player and he seemed way too good for the Championship.

We may never know what really happened to send him on a spiral back to Spain but as Robinson says, it’s a big shame.

We thought he’d be a player who would light the Premier League up with Leeds.

Instead, it seems he’s destined for football in lower league obscurity in Spain.

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