A great start to the season followed by a horrendous run, so where are we in terms of this seasons goals? It’s hard to tell, we are in a very similar position to last year, almost identical in the table but we have done the opposite in terms of form in the early parts. One thing we do know is that in Samu Saiz Leeds United have bagged themselves one of the best players outside of the Premier League.
There was a point during the summer transfer window that the move for Saiz was all but over. Eibar had their bid accepted and the La Liga side felt like they had the deal all but done. Leeds came in hard and Saiz was tempted to England for a few reasons. One, we blew Eibar out of the water for wages, and the relatively average wage for Leeds United seemed like big wages for the Spanish playmaker. Two, and just as important is that Saiz felt the love from Leeds United fans on social media. This isn’t often recognised and you often hear the stories of fans abusing players on Twitter and other social media sites but this would help tempt Saiz to West Yorkshire and away from the comfort of his home nation.
It wouldn’t take Saiz long to introduce himself to the Leeds fans. A brilliant display in a win over Oxford in pre-season, all be it only for 20 minutes had everyone thinking and although he didn’t play at Bolton Wanderers on opening day everyone was waiting the arrival, rather than wondering when it would come. It came soon after, a hat-trick on his full debut in the cup against Port Vale and then starts in the league soon followed. A goal at Sunderland and a few more in the league and cup and that brings us to the run of bad form. When Leeds hit a wall (as a team) one man has stood out on every occasion, Saiz. No matter how poor we are, how out of sorts we look, Samu Saiz turns up and gives the lot.
In all honesty I feel like he doesn’t deserve what he gets from some of his team-mates at times. Instead of feeding off him, his hunger and desire to get on the ball they simply give him the ball and hope he can do something with it, and that is our issue. Although it seems like we won’t win a game at the moment it will come and you would bet that Saiz will be a key figure in that moment. His contribution at Bristol City was the difference, two goals and a performance of a leader, maybe not the vocal type but in the way of showing his team the way and dragging them through the tough parts. Victor Orta is probably feeling the heat from fans at the moment, but if he can find a couple more with the ability of Saiz things will look much better.