Leeds United have had a tough 2018. After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, it looked as though Leeds were set to be in the mix for the play-offs again this season under Thomas Christiansen.
However, they suffered an enormous dip in form at the turn of the year. Leeds have won just three times since the most recent victory coming against Barnsley at the weekend. The manager has been replaced and plenty of the Leeds first-team have performed below par.
One player whose form dipped off since January was Spanish playmaker Samuel Saiz.
The summer signing from Huesca started the season with a bang. He was looking like becoming a cult hero among the Leeds faithful with his mercurial performances. But then it all went wrong.
Saiz was suspended for six games at the start of the year, following a spitting incident in the FA Cup defeat to Newport County.
During his absence, Leeds suffered and fans were excitedly awaiting his return to first-team action. Many felt that once Saiz was back, Leeds might recapture some of their best form.
That has simply not been the case. Saiz has struggled to find anywhere near his best form since returning to the Leeds fold. At the weekend, as Leeds defeated Barnsley, it seemingly came to a head.
With the Whites 2-1 ahead Paul Heckingbottom decided to pull Saiz from the action, bringing on the more defensive-minded Adam Forshaw.
That decision did not go down well with the Spaniard. He stropped his way off the field before kicking a water bottle in frustration.
It was just another example of Saiz’s often troubling attitude and the question must be asked, would Leeds happily sell Saiz this summer?
Since the turn of the year, the Spanish star has looked nowhere near as good as he did in the first half of the season. Saiz has struggled under the new management and has not scored since November.
The incident v Newport showed that Saiz can be a liability but if he had returned in style, fans would have quickly forgiven him. That has not been the case and Leeds fans are now questioning whether he should still be at the club.
Leeds will need to make some big changes in the summer if they are to challenge for promotion next season. One of those will have to be a huge attitude change from perhaps their most talented player.
Whilst Leeds should not be actively looking to get rid of Saiz, there will undoubtedly be some interest in his services following the impressive start to his campaign.
If his attitude does not change, then a handsome offer would be hard to reject from the Leeds hierarchy.