'Close to killing him' - Leeds stars deliver verdict over summer signing's displays
Leeds United stars Pontus Jansson and Ezgjan Alioski were both full of praise for the performances of fellow team mate Samu Saiz this season.
The Spanish attacker arrived at Elland Road from second tier side SD Huesca over the summer, signing a four year deal which will keep him contracted with the Whites until 2021.
He made an immediate impact for the club, scoring a hat trick on his debut against Port Vale in the League Cup, and has continued his impressive form this season, establishing himself as one of the key attacking outlets for Thomas Christiansen’s side.
While he has been impressing those in the stands with his technical ability, he has also been impressing his team mates, despite a language barrier existing between them, although he may well have had to endure the anger of Swedish international Jansson after a mistake in the 2-0 win against Barnsley.
Speaking in a Facebook Live video for Sky Bet, the centre back said: “Samu is good with the ball, he is learning more and more about English football.
“There was a situation last game when he tried to dribble outside of our box and lost the ball – I was close to killing him!
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“The tempo, in offence and defence, is tougher than what he is used to in Spain but he starts to learn and he’s getting better and better.”
Another man who has impressed the Leeds faithful this season is winger Alioski, another summer signing, this time from Swiss side FC Lugano, and he has netted five goals in 17 appearances, with four coming in the last four matches.
He says that he has established a strong understanding with Saiz on the pitch, despite not being able to communicate as a result of the duo not speaking the same language.
“I like him, he’s a player who is good technically,” the Macedonian told Sky Bet in their Facebook Live video.
“I like playing with him. On the pitch we understand (each other), outside the pitch, not – I don’t speak Spanish and he doesn’t speak English.
“He must learn more, but he will be better in the next games.”
Saiz currently has nine goals and four assists in 19 appearances across all competitions for the Whites, having joined Alioski on the scoresheet for the win over Barnsley.
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