It has definitely come as a bolt out of the blue has the news that Spanish attacking midfielder Samu Saiz wishes to leave Leeds United.
Saiz arrived from Spanish La Segunda side Huesca in the summer of 2017, with Leeds paying the Spaniards a fee of around £3m. Now, and with two-and-a-half years left on his current deal, the talented attacking midfielder wants to return home.
With his partner pregnant, the unsettled Saiz has “been looking at the option of resuming his career in Spain.” This is something that Phil Hay, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, says has been on the cards “since the summer.”
If the rumours have some depth to them, if they are credible, then there is no point holding on to a player who wants away from Elland Road. Yes, on his day Samu Saiz is unplayable. Yes, the Spanish wizard has an eye for a pass that very few others have with any level of consistency at Elland Road.
But, putting all that to one side, and yes I know the fans love him, keeping him at Elland Road is not the right way to go. Leeds United are challenging for a place in the Premier League, any player off-kilter could very well drag down the morale.
Whilst his leaving will be well-received by Leeds United fans, it is a parting of ways that could very well benefit the Whites financially. Bought for £3m, Leeds should be looking to double their money, at least. This £6m ‘fee’ would be what Getafe were willing to stump up in the summer of this year.
Or, as in the same article, should Leeds United hold out for a sum approaching the near-£9m that Valencia were said to have bid for Saiz?