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Should Bielsa back Forshaw back in to give underperforming Saiz a breather?

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Should Bielsa back Forshaw back in to give underperforming Saiz a breather?

There has been so much individual and collective improvement at Leeds United this season, but one exception has been Samu Saiz, in terms of his goal output.

The Spaniard’s build-up play has improved as his technical skills have been deployed in a different manner by Marcelo Bielsa; but his tangible return in front of goal has gone.

That fact, combined with the return of impressive midfielder Adam Forshaw has raised the question over whether Saiz should be handed a breather to get his form together.

 

The former Middlesbrough man could come in, shifting Mateusz Klich to a more advanced role; it would beef up Leeds’ midfield and offer Saiz an opportunity to step out of the firing line.

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It is easy to see the logic but Saiz offers Leeds something that none of their other midfielders can.

His touch, vision and control is so important to the style of football Bielsa wants to play; he plays like a Championship version of David Silva.

That may impact his goal return but ultimately serves a greater purpose for the team. Forshaw has great experience at this level, but he is simply a different type of player who would shift the balance of Leeds’ midfield slightly too far towards the battling side of the game.

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