Transfer Focus: Time for Leeds to welcome back Saiz

Samu Saiz may yet be a Leeds player next season after reports have emerged that Getafe won’t attempt to extend his initial loan spell.

La Vanguardia say that the Spaniard will have to return to Elland Road this summer, but his future from that point is still undecided.

The La Liga club had an option to buy Saiz in the upcoming transfer window, but it seems as if that will not be taken up.

La Liga nightmare

The midfielder hasn’t had the best of times since returning to his home country. He has made just two starts at Getafe and has played only 300 cumulative minutes for the club.

There should be no surprise that Jose Bordelais has chosen to send him back to England. The Leeds loanee scored just once during his time at Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez and failed to make an assist.

For a player who looked so talented in the Championship to flop in La Liga is surprising. Attitude and homesickness was the reported reason for Saiz leaving Elland Road in January, but returning to Spain didn’t seem to help his confidence on the pitch one bit.

Open to a return

This isn’t the worst thing in the world for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. If the midfielder has gotten over his homesickness problem after spending six months back in his homeland, then he may yet become a key player for the Yorkshire club.

There’s no doubting the ability that he possesses, and for that reason, Leeds should be reluctant to let him go.

The Whites fell just short of promotion this season, and squad depth looked to be the issue towards the back end of the campaign. The return of Saiz sees Leeds not only add another option in their midfield, but it sees them gain one of the most talented players in the Championship.

It was thought that the 28-year-old had played his last ever game at Elland Road when he departed in the winter, but now it may be time for Bielsa to welcome him back with open arms.