Championship

Transfer battle: Bradley Dack vs Samuel Sáiz

Both Blackburn and Leeds have made great starts to their Championship standards by their standards. 

The Rovers seek to secure a place back in the league after promotion from League One, while The Whites are aiming for promotion to the Premier League. Two star players for each club are Bradley Dack and Samuel Sáiz.

Both are highly rated Championship midfielders, so let’s compare these two transfers…

Bradley Dack

League One outfit Blackburn Rovers signed Dack from Gillingham in June 2017 for a fee of £750k, with the hopes of earning promotion back into the Championship.

Their investment paid off straight away as their earned promotion, with Dack being one of the star players for Rovers. The midfielder scored 18 goals in the league, and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

He has carried that brilliant for into the league above, as the 24-year-old has bagged six goals and two assists in nine league games this season, earning him interest from other clubs in the league.

The thing is, if Rovers are able to keep hold of him, he will be a huge asset to them, if not, they will make a huge profit from his transfer. Either way, it is win-win for them.

TT Grade: A

Samuel Sáiz

Leeds signed Sáiz from Spanish second division outfit Huesca in July 2017 for a fee of what is believed to be around £3m.

The Spaniard had a great first season at Elland Road, featuring prominently throughout the season. The campaign was marred somewhat by his ban for spitting, but that still did not stop him being nominated for Leeds’ Player of the Year.

The 27-year-old has started this season in similar fashion, helping Leeds make a blistering start to their Championship season under Marcelo Bielsa. If Leeds’ success were to continue this season, that would only make the transfer better in hindsight.

TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict

The key element which helps determine why Dack wins this transfer battle is that he was so cheap. To pay under £1m for a player, then potentially sell him on for over £20m is incredible business for a team.

While Sáiz was fairly cheap for Leeds as well, at 27, he doesn’t necessarily have a huge sell-on value.

Dack has already brought success as well, and while Leeds may well find some this season, they haven’t just yet, which is the final reason why Dack wins this battle.

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