In January of last year, attacking midfielder Samu Saiz left Leeds United to return to his native Spain in a loan move to Getafe. The player has previously expressed his unhappiness about playing in England and move home seemed like a simple option.
However, his time at Getafe did not go to plan, only making 12 appearances in all competitions and managing a single goal in that time lead to the La Liga club deciding against making his move permanent. His time in Spain was only complicated further by his involvement in a match-fixing scandal (Via The Independent).
Football Insider had reported that Leeds had given Saiz a deadline of July 15th to either find a new club or return to training at Thorp Arch for the new season. But will bringing the midfield maestro back into the fold bring a negative influence that the club do not want? With the player wanting out it could damage the squad as they plan for another promotion push next season.
Marcelo Bielsa has been quick to discard players who he believes do not possess the right attitude, such as cult hero Pontus Jansson. The Swedish defender was recently sold for an undisclosed fee amid reports that the player was a disruptive presence in the squad.
Saiz has signalled his intent to leave the Yorkshire club in the past, but with a lack of suitors, it could see a change in attitude and an opportunity for the Spaniard to work his way back into Bielsa’s plans for next season.
Marcelo Bielsa has not travelled with the majority of the squad to Australia on their pre-season tour as he looks to ensure that new signings as well as returning international players can get up to speed ahead of the new season. With a majority of the first team heading down under to play friendlies against Manchester United and Western Sydney Warriors, it could provide the attacking midfielder with the perfect opportunity to work his way back into contention for the new season.
With Leeds bolstering their attacking firepower with the signing of Helder Costa and Jack Harrison, the return of Saiz could allow the club further freedom in spending to reinforce the wafer-thin backline.