Leeds United have finally announced the signing of highly rated SD Huesca attacking midfielder Samu Saiz on a four year deal, following a successful medical on Tuesday afternoon.
The 26 year old has signed for a reported £3million fee from the Spanish second tier side, with a four year contract rumoured to be around £17,000 per week. United have been chasing Saiz for well over a month now, and have finally got their man- beating several La Liga sides, such as Eibar and Real Betis, for his signature.
Said began his footballing career in Real Madrid’s academy system, before moving onto Granada and Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid. The creative midfielder then joined SD Huesca on a permanent basis in 2016, and registered an impressive 12 goals and 8 assists last campaign- helping Huesca reach the Liga 123 play-offs. Despite mainly featuring as an attacking midfielder, or in the ‘number 10’ role, Saiz can also operate on either flank as well as up front as a striker.
The 5’8 spaniard becomes the sixth foreign arrival at Elland Road and eight in total- with Vernon Anita joining the club from Newcastle United on a free following the expirery of his contract, and Madger Gomes joining from Liverpool. Pontus Jansson, Hadi Sacko, Mateusz Klich, Feliz Wiedwald, Caleb Ekuban and now Saiz make up the foreign arrivals; who have all been recruited by newly appointed director of football Victor Orta.
Ora, who has previously acted in a similar role at Middlesbrough, has set up a wide scouting network across Europe in hope of finding hidden talent, which would come at a much cheaper price then the already proven english league players. Although this can be seen as a risk, Radrizzani has put faith into the new recruitment system with over £10million worth of foreign talent already arriving- with more incomings expected.
Time will on tell if the previously unknown players will prove to be a success in the Championship, but if they all live up to their expectation it will be an exiting upcoming season at Elland Road.