COMMENT By Richard Parks

Leeds United should sell Samuel Saiz this summer.

Before the United faithful turn away in disgust and reach for their phone or keyboard to hammer out some choice words in reply, consider this.

Leeds’ defeat to Middlesbrough last night, a match don’t forget in which their Spanish playmaker was on the pitch for its entirety, they were thrashed 3-0.

Indeed, the game was all over by half-time as Patrick Bamford scored the first hat-trick of his career to ignite Middlesbrough’s play-off hopes.

By contrast, Leeds have slipped well behind the pack and their season is threatening to fizzle out on the back of one win in their last 12 matches.

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Paul Heckingbottom’s side are 11th in the Championship and five points behind the final play-off spot, with the damage likely to be far worse after the weekend’s fixtures are completed, irrespective of the postponed matches across the country.

Football Insider has fully analysed Leeds and Saiz’s performances this season, including considering off-the-pitch issues, as we detail five reasons why the club should cash in on their main man.

Click below for the first reason why Saiz should be sold