Samu Saiz is a player that Leeds United fans clamour to see as one of the first names on the team sheet. Before that he was a no-name Spaniard when interest was first announced.
When links with the diminutive Spanish forward came to the attention of Whites fans, it was a scurry to YouTube and preferred search engines to glean whatever information they could about Saiz. Such searches would have uncovered that he was coming off of a decent enough season with former side SD Huesca.
During Huesca’s charge up the La Liga 2 table, Saiz played a vital role in performances that drove the Aragon-based side to the play-offs and the brink of promotion to La Liga proper. He arrived from Huesca’s ‘nearly’ season with 12 goals and eight assists to his name, with his £3 million arrival at Elland Road marking the first time he’s played football outside of his native Spain. He’s not doing too shabbily in the Sky Bet Championship either, having scored five goals, provided five assists and won many plaudits.
He has skill, panache, poise and a seemingly effortless amount of time on the ball. He is a player who demands respect from opposition defenders, many who are wary to dive in should they make a hash of the challenge, and a fool of themselves. There have been plenty who’ve fallen foul of that.
However, today he’s not on the team pitch, nor on the matchday teamsheet and the Whites have had to face off against South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday without one of their sparking talents. Here are the fan reactions to that news.
Leeds United fans comment on Saiz missing vs Sheffield Wednesday
There seems to be a lot of Leeds fans who are preferring gifs over the written word. Fans like these.
— Sam Bellerby (@SamBellerby) March 17, 2018
— Dean Ellison (@thedeano1011) March 17, 2018
— Rick (@RJWalkington) March 17, 2018
This fan definitely doesn’t feel that sense of loss that other Leeds United fans are feeling at the no Saiz news.
Saiz won’t be much of a miss I thought he was chomping at the bit to get back after his 6 game suspension turns out he had a 10 game one I the end
— kevin fordham (@KevinFordham) March 17, 2018
Despondency is felt much wider than a sense of apathy though and this Leeds fan pretty much sums up the loss being felt.
Not happy with that. Gutted Saiz, our best player is injured. No Lassogga either? Oh dear
— Paul Beilby (@PaulBeilby) March 17, 2018
There was not a sense of full hope from this reporter ahead of the news.
No Saiz as Heckingbottom hands defender Tom Pearce his debut. Interesting afternoon ahead… #lufc
— Joe Urquhart (@JoeUrquhartYEP) March 17, 2018
An emoji of sadness from this Leeds United fan.
A sense of perspective being introduced though by this Leeds United fan.
Saiz is a massive loss, but Hernandez is the form player of the 2
— White Knight LUFC (@WhiteKnightLUFC) March 17, 2018