Samu Saiz could have been worth £8million for Leeds United if he had demonstrated a better attitude during his time at Elland Road, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds forward said that the Spaniard’s lack of professionalism belied his footballing ability and that it led to his eventual exit from the club.
The Whites confirmed on Thursday that Saiz had completed a permanent move back to Spain with Girona, reports stating that the La Liga side had paid £2.5million for his capture.
Having seen Saiz spend the second half of last season struggling on loan at Getafe, Whelan insists that the attacking midfielder could have been worth over three times the reported price tag had he shown the right attitude and dedication.
Whelan told Football Insider: “You can only pay what the going rate is for a player. That is what they value him at and they were quite happy to let him go at £2.5million.
“He has got the talent and the capability to be a £5-8million player but he’s not done enough and you’ve got to question his attitude as well.
“All in all, when you’ve got a player with an attitude like that… he doesn’t want to be at Leeds, Leeds don’t want him, get him off the books, get some money in. We’ve seen him whinging away, we’ve seen him spitting twice, that is not the player you want.”
The 28-year-old’s career at Elland Road saw him play 58 times across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and laying his teammates up with 12 assists.
His loan spell with Getafe saw him start just twice in 10 La Liga appearances, with a further two outings coming in the Copa Del Rey.
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