Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he cannot improve Samuel Saiz’s ability on the ball in the wake of the 1-0 win against Brentford at Elland Road on Saturday.
Saiz, 27, made his first start in seven games after serving a six-game ban for a red card he received in the FA Cup defeat to Newport County last month.
The Spanish playmaker was extremely influential in the victory over Dean Smith’s side and left fans raving about him on Twitter after the game.
However Heckingbottom, 40, has claimed that is as good as Saiz will perhaps be for Leeds, admitting that there is not a lot he can do to improve the technical aspects of his game.
Although the Leeds manager does believe he can transform the playmaker into more of a team player.
“We’re trying to improve players,” said Heckingbottom, as quoted by LeedsLive.
“I don’t think I can make Samu better on the ball if I’m honest, he’s a terrific talent, really instinctive but I can definitely make him a better player for the team and that’s what it’s all about, we want to be successful.”
Saiz signed for Leeds for £3million from Huesca last summer and is arguably the best purchase that director of football Victor Orta has made at Elland Road.
The 27-year-old has made 27 appearances in all competitions for the Whites this term, scoring nine goals and supplying six assists in the process.
He made his first appearance under Heckingbottom off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Derby on Wednesday when he played in Ezgjan Alioski to score an important goal.
Saturday’s outing was just his second start of 2018 and also Leeds’ first win since Boxing Day.
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