Last season Chris Wood was the main man at the club after a tough first season and his departure left the void for someone to step into the boots of the go-to-guy on the pitch. Certain players hold certain attributes and reputation but in reality one always stands above the rest in terms of that top player on the park, step up Samu Saiz.
We know we have recruited some serious talent in terms of potential and ready to go this season. Pierre-Michel Lassoga is ready to go, arriving from Bundesliga side Hamburg, Gjanni Alisoki possesses serious talent although consistency and the rough and tumble of the English leagues have hampered him in the last month and Vurnon Anita has all the experience you would want in a player to help us get out of this division, winning it last season with Newcastle United. We have also signed Kun from Barcelona, the “Bulgarian Bomber” who was this week named in the top 60 youngsters in world football by the Guardian and Ousama Siddiki from Real Madrid, two players who will expect to be playing in the first-team in the years to come.
Samu Saiz stands above these names currently and he has earned that by starting the season on fire. Goals, assists and performances with everything you would want from an attacking midfielder have earned him the reputation as one of the most exciting and dangerous players outside of the Premier League. He has controlled games and affected them throughout the season so far and has shone in almost every game. The speed in which he has picked up the difference between the Spanish second tier and the English second tier has been exceptional and getting to grips with the various aspects of the club, league and his team-mates hasn’t phased him at all, in fact he has flourished with the new pressures of being a Leeds United player, something that has eaten up bigger names than he was when he arrived.
In terms of what Thomas Christiansen is trying to do with his squad and the way he wants us to play the football now Saiz is the prime example to others. He wants to get on the ball and make things happen but he has an unpredictability about him, something Cardiff didn’t need to worry about because they were faced with Pablo Hernandez and something that Sheffield Wednesday struggled to deal with, the fact was that nobody else on the pitch looked like doing anything but chase shadows last Sunday and Saiz was hung out to dry, win as a team, lose as a team. A huge signing made by Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani and you have to ask the question, if he hadn’t come, how much worse off would we be now? He did, and “We’ve got Saiz…”