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After game-changing impact, Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa can’t ignore Samu Saiz any longer

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After game-changing impact, Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa can’t ignore Samu Saiz any longer

For the fifth game in a row, Marcelo Bielsa decided to leave Samu Saiz on the bench for Leeds United at the start as the Whites as they faced Reading on Tuesday night, but he didn’t wait around to bring him into the action.

Replacing Lewis Baker at half-time, Saiz’s introduction undoubtedly changed the game and provided an extra spark as Leeds looked to find a breakthrough against the visitors.

The Spaniard showed exactly why many have been crying out for him to start, pushing forwards and looking to feed others in with his through balls and diagonal passes which broke down a deep and stubborn back line.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Leeds United’s Samu Saiz during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 31, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport/ via Getty Images)

Having turned this game around, Bielsa cannot afford to ignore him any longer as Leeds travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United only days after Tuesday night’s action.


You would have to look back to mid-September to find the last time that Leeds scored more than twice in a single game having started the season prolifically and a return to action for Saiz could be the key.

The 27-year-old provides the quality that Leeds need in order to boast the creativity they need to fight their way to the top of the table and earn promotion back to the Premier League.

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