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Leeds must utilise Mateusz Bogusz now Samu Saiz has departed

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Samu Saiz’s torrid time at Leeds finally came to an end on Thursday evening as the Spaniard agreed a deal to leave the club for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder had made it no secret that he wanted to leave over the winter but after joining Getafe on loan for the second half of 2018/19, failed to pull up many trees in La Liga, featuring just ten times.

However, that doesn’t look to have put off Girona who have signed him on a permanent contract.

But now he’s left, who could act as a replacement?

On the chalkboard

Leeds are blessed with some fantastically gifted footballers, no less so than in the form of Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez who both managed double figures in terms of goal contributions last term.

After Helder Costa arrived the latter could now play in the middle, but it’s another Mateusz in the form of Bogusz who now needs to be given an opportunity.

The Whites were able to snatch him away from Poland in January, beating Brighton to his signature – a move the 17-year-old chose because of what Leeds could offer him.

And presumably, what they could give to him was a quicker route to the first team.

Jack Clarke demonstrated last season that there is a way in but Marcelo Bielsa must now display a similar sort of faith in Bogusz.

After all, he has experience of senior football under his belt despite his tender age, scoring five times in the Polish third tier.

Arriving with little reputation from Ruch Chorzow, he’s yet to make his senior bow for the club in competitive action, appearing on the substitutes’ bench.

He played against Manchester United in the club’s 4-0 hammering in Australia last week, replacing Patrick Bamford but wasn’t able to make too much of an impact.

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But if afforded the time, he’s a ready-made Saiz replacement for the Yorkshire club.

Possessing the ability to play in central midfield, as well as behind the striker, his qualities with the ball at his feet and in front of goal make him the ideal player to come into the squad.

Saiz netted five times himself in 2017/18, an area that Bogusz has previously done well in too, so there is a reason to believe he could act as somewhat of a replacement down the line.

If he can impress suitably in pre-season, he could really put himself firmly in Bielsa’s thoughts.

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