Marcelo Bielsa has opened up about the departure of Leeds United favourite Samu Saiz in today’s press conference. He has admitted that he had value to him and is disappointed with the decision he took to leave but also understands the situation.
Marcelo Bielsa didn’t really have much choice in letting Saiz leave, the club made the call and even then they had a player on the books who wanted to leave. Rewind back to last August and Chris Wood leaving for Burnley. He refused to play away at Sunderland and in that moment a new hero was born for Leeds United fans, Samu Saiz. Now we have a situation where he wanted to leave and the club allowed it before it became an issue. He left for Getafe, but he certainly didn’t leave the club in a great position, whatever way you look at it.
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Saiz leaving on a loan deal doesn’t suit Leeds United in any way, shape or form. It suits Getafe and it certainly suits Samu Saiz. A player who is worth a chunk of money in a transfer fee, £6 million in the summer IF Getafe feel they want to make that happen. Although his form declined massively this season he could still be a key player, especially over a hectic period like we are about to face.
It’s refreshing that Bielsa has come out and admitted he is disappointed because there is no point in hiding such an obvious disappointment. Many are pointing to the Saiz form to say that he won’t be missed but to me that’s naïve. The player was very important and although form can come and go that sort of ability is undeniable. He clearly wasn’t happy in a Leeds shirt anymore, for that reason the club did the right thing by letting him go.