Just before the January transfer window begun, Leeds United were hit with the news that Samu Saiz was leaving.
The Spanish attacking midfielder wanted to return to Spain and so he joined Getafe on an initial loan deal, which will be made permanent in the summer.
Leeds needed to replace Saiz’s creativity and have not yet signed a new winger. But recent reports in Spain suggest Marcelo Bielsa might have lined up a potential Saiz replacement.
According to Pucela Fichajes, Real Valladolid winger Toni Villa is on Leeds’ radar, although it would cost more than £10m to trigger his release clause.
The exciting winger could turn out to be a shrewd acquisition, if Leeds can finance this move.
Formerly of Cultural Leonesa, Villa returned to Real Valladolid in 2017 when they triggered his buy-back clause.
The 24-year-old has played a key role in Real Valladolid’s success this season as they currently sit 15th in La Liga.
In 19 league matches, Villa has scored twice and provided two assists for team-mates. In addition, the diminutive winger has completed 44 successful dribbles, 361 passes and 18 key passes, according to Who Scored.
Saiz, in contrast, managed four assists but did not score a goal for Leeds before his departure.
Villa’s style of play is similar to Saiz and he could be the exciting creative midfielder that Bielsa has been looking for.