'Big, big danger' - Heckingbottom makes claim about desperate £3m Leeds player
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has claimed that Samuel Saiz is “desperate” to get back into the squad after serving the final game of his six-match suspension against Bristol City on Sunday.
Saiz, 27, was sent off for spitting at a Newport County player in the Whites’ FA Cup Third Round defeat in Wales last month.
Leeds have earned just two points in the duration of Saiz’s ban and seen Thomas Christiansen sacked and replaced by Heckingbottom.
The former Barnsley man is now eager to see the Spanish playmaker in first-team action when United face off against Derby on Wednesday night as Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper also return from their suspensions.
Heckingbottom knows what sort of threat Saiz can pose and has suggested that he will throw the ill-disciplined trio straight back into the starting line-up against Derby this week.
“He’s someone I’ve watched before, to set up against, and he’s a big, big danger,” Heckingbottom said about Saiz, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I know him, Berra and Liam are all chomping at the bit to get involved.
“They’ve been out for a long time, they’ve got a point to prove which is great and I want to use that. We’re definitely stronger for them coming back.
“He (Saiz) has been working hard and so have the other boys. They’ve been desperate to get back involved so we’ll see how we. The more options we have the better.”
Saiz was signed by Leeds for £3million from Huesca last summer and instantly proved himself to be one of the most technically gifted players to grace Elland Road in a long time.
The Spaniard has made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Whites, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists.
He scored a hat-trick on his debut in the 4-1 EFL Cup win over Port Vale in August.
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