By Kealan Hughes

23rd Jan, 2021 | 10:30am

'Absolute genius', 'Broke my heart' - These Leeds fans gush over former 'star' sold in '19

Samu Saiz is a player who never lived up to his potential in his Leeds United spell, but he still left behind a strong legacy at Elland Road.

The midfielder was sold for around £2.5million in 2019 after falling out of favour under Marcelo Bielsa, joining La Liga 2 side Girona.

Since then his career has stalled and he seems destined never to hit the heights again that he did at Leeds.

He made an immediate impact when he arrived, and excited fans under Thomas Christiansen, with the Whites opening the 2017/18 campaign by going seven matches unbeaten.

The 30-year-old ended that campaign with 13 goal contributions in 34 league games, but he was unable to replicate that form under Marcelo Bielsa.

That was arguably due to an inability to meet the Argentine’s high standards, and a few supporters have noted that his attitude let him down.

In 2018/19 Saiz started 15 league games before finding himself out of favour in December of that season, and a loan departure followed a month later.

That signalled the end of his time as a Whites player, and his permanent move the following summer has left some fans pondering what might have been.

Many are disappointed in how his time at Leeds came to an end, with a number of superlatives being made about the attacking midfielder.

Here is some of the discussion that has taken place about Saiz amongst the fanbase.

In other Leeds United news, the club has made a big decision in regard to one transfer target.