In a short time at Leeds United the Spanish playmaker Samuel Saiz has developed a strong rapport with the Leeds fans. The reasons why are clear. He is a mercurial talent with the ability to take a game by the scruff of the neck at any moment.
However, he has had his dry patches in terms of goalscoring and form. Leeds fans expect a lot of him, and rightly so considering his ability. But there is one strange fact about his career that Leeds fans must remember.
Whilst Saiz may be 27-years-old, he has not played a lot of first-team football.
The Despite being signed on to teams such as Sevilla, Getafe and Atletico Madrid, he never really played for their first-teams. Instead, from 2010 until 2015 he spent most of his time playing for B teams in the lower echelons of Spanish football – not near the standard of the Championship.
It was not until he left Atletico for SD Huesca that this started to change. But even then, Saiz was not a regular in his first season at the club. It was in 2016-17 when he finally made his breakthrough, playing 42 games in the Spanish second tier.
Last season was, essentially, only his second as a regular first-team player. Saiz is therefore still learning, even at his relatively late age.
Leeds United can only hope that means there is more to come from their little maestro. That could be a frightening thought for Championship opponents.