Medical scheduled for tomorrow, player already in Spain, fans resigned to his loss – that is Samu Saiz’s English adventure over.
It’s been a rollercoaster that started with ‘Samu Who?’ before that hesitancy was answered with ‘Samu Whoooo’ as the Spaniard’s silky skills lit up Elland Road and spearheaded some excellent Leeds United performances.
His first season, the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign, saw the £3m buy from Spanish side Huesca impress the fans. The Madrid-born attacking midfielder was just what Whites fans had been looking out for.
This season has seen his stock drop somewhat, his consistency meaning that he spent a lot of time on the bench over recent games. Still, he’s managed to come on and influence games, helping United with some crisp passing and excellent assists.
That’s all in the past though, a past that will soon become a new present both here at Leeds United, and for Saiz at Getafe. With that a given, Saiz’s departure could open up interesting doorways for a couple of loanees at Elland Road: Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown.
There’s many thinking that Brown coming close to match fitness, if not match sturdiness, couldn’t have come at a better time. He’s started the last three Under-23 games and put in a hefty shift in the last two – getting on the scoresheet in the 6-3 drubbing of Burnley’s youngsters.
He’s also shown that not only can he cut it in the Sky Bet Championship with Rotherham and Huddersfield, but he’s also shown that he can do the business in the Premier League whilst on loan at Brighton. Marcelo Bielsa has said that he’s on the cusp of making a comeback, but strength work and conditioning are key.
Another interesting possibility is that it could open the door for Brown’s fellow Chelsea Under-23 loanee Lewis Baker. Baker arrived at Elland Road with a somewhat glowing resume. The Luton-born, England Under-21 international has not only feautured for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, but also for Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.
He’s got goals in his, eight-in-17 for the England Under-21s and nine-in-14 for the Under-19s. He also scored 20 (11 assists) in a two-season, 73-game spell at Vitesse. He’s featured 10 times and earned a paltry 175 minutes of on-field action for the Whites this season. With Saiz gone, you’d expect that Baker might be looking at an extended run in the first team.
Whichever way you look at it, there is one constant – Samu Saiz is gone. Adios dulce principe, adios y muchisimas gracias.