Regardless of what division Leeds United find themselves in next season, it is overwhelmingly clear that they need to find a sufficient replacement for Samuel Saiz.
Despite starting the 2018/19 campaign very much part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans, a number of underwhelming performances by the Spaniard led to him being dropped from the Whites’ side. Having missed five consecutive games for the Yorkshire-based outfit, Saiz moved to Getafe on loan in the January transfer window where he has failed to impress for the La Liga side.
Although the Azulones do have the option to purchase the 28-year-old for £6m (via the Yorkshire Evening Post), it is very unlikely that they will be willing to extend his stay. Yet when you consider that Saiz almost certainly doesn’t have a future at Elland Road under Bielsa, Leeds will be looking to strengthen in his position in the summer.
Having been linked with Luke Freeman earlier this season (via talkSPORT), the Whites should consider re-igniting their interest in the Queens Park Rangers star.
A mainstay in the Hoops’ starting eleven since joining the club in 2017 from Bristol City, the midfielder has had an outstanding year for his side as his eight goals and six assists helped John Eustace’s side secured a nineteenth-place finish in the Championship.
Arguably the Rs’ best player, without Freeman’s domineering presence, the London-based outfit may have been preparing for their first season in the third tier of English football since 2003.
A tricky customer who has the ability to change a game in an instant, the 27-year-old would thrive in Bielsa’s possession-based system if he is convinced to make the switch when the transfer window opens in July.
The attacking midfielder unlocked Kiko Casilla at Loftus Road back in February as his cheeky flick secured all three points for Queens Park Rangers.
However, any deal may rely on the willingness of the R’s to let him leave Loftus Road. Speaking to football.London about Freeman’s future, Eustace admitted that: “Luke’s a top player at this level so it’s only a good thing that there’s clubs watching him.
“It’s good for the club but hopefully he’ll be at the club next season because we need all of our top players.”
If the former Stevenage ace does become available for transfer, Bielsa must not hesitate in his efforts to bring him to Elland Road as he has all the ingredients needed to provide Leeds with a much-needed spark next season.
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