Transfer Focus: Bielsa’s stubbornness may see fan favourite driven away from Elland Road

Samuel Saiz’s Leeds United career is over regardless of whether or not he stays at Getafe beyond his initial loan deal which expires this summer, according to a report by Football Insider.

Saiz was allowed to leave Elland Road in January due to concerns about his attitude and how that may affect the squad going forward.

Saiz out of the picture

According to Football Insider the Spaniard has already played his final game for the Whites.

A source close to the club reportedly told the site that the playmaker is “finished” at Elland Road due to Bielsa’s feelings towards the player.

The 28-year-old was a key man for Leeds before the Argentine’s arrival as well as being a beloved figure for fans of the Yorkshire club.

Bielsa has now elevated the entire squad and Saiz’s reported attitude behind the scenes has caused him to fall out of favour with the South American.

Could prove unwise

There is no doubt that the midfielder was one of the best players in the Championship before Bielsa’s arrival in the division.

Leeds have seemingly lost their chance of automatic promotion to the Premier League this season and are heading towards the lottery that is the play-offs.

There is now a strong chance that Saiz’s club will remain in the Championship next season and if they do, Bielsa would be unwise not to rethink his stance on the Spaniard.

The 28-year-old was undoubtedly one of the best players in the division in the 2017/18 campaign and players of his calibre aren’t available very often in the second tier.

If the Argentine allows the midfielder to depart the club this summer, he may live to regret it.

Pablo Hernandez has been a key source of goals and assists for United this season, but with the talisman turning 35 next season it is only a matter of time before his legs go.

Once he is past his peak Saiz is the perfect man to step in and fill his shoes, and if Bielsa allows his stubbornness to cloud his judgement then he risks losing one of the club’s most valuable assets.