Samu Saiz is back in training at is “back to 95%” ahead of the Good Friday clash against Bolton Wanderers. Saiz has been missing for a few weeks after picking up an injury at Reading described as a “small tear” by Paul Heckingbottom.
Saiz hasn’t been in great form since he returned from his suspension but you pick him every time because of his ability to win a game. we haven’t seen that enough from him in recent times but Heckingbottom says he is working with Saiz in training to get him up to speed with what is required. To be fair to Saiz the players around him aren’t playing well either, apart from Pablo Hernandez who has been in very good form. We need Saiz to kick on now and help us push the other players around him. It might be season over but as Leeds United fans we want to win every game, that starts with Bolton on Friday, a game that’s trickier than it looks.
Saiz isn’t the only one back in training, Liam Cooper is also back along with Andy Lonergan but no sign of Kemar Roofe just yet. Cooper will probably start because Matthew Pennington has been struggling with form and we have no other options, Conor Shaughnessy a long-term injury problem. Baily Peacock-Farrell has been playing well and will be full of confidence after his debut and clean sheet for the Northern Ireland under 21’s during the week and he will almost certainly keep his place after some good performances in recent weeks. If Saiz is fit he’ll hopefully start, we need a spark from him.