By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans took to Twitter to express their fears that Samuel Saiz and Pontus Jansson will quit the club in the summer.
Playmaker Saiz and centre-back Jansson are widely regarded as United’s two outstanding players and demonstrated their class in Wednesday’s 2-2 Championship draw against Derby County.
The Sweden international produced another resolute performance as he held the back line together at Pride Park, where Leeds twice led but ultimately failed to secure their first win since Boxing Day.
Saiz was not named in the starting XI after serving a six-match suspension but was summoned from the substitute’s bench after 55 minutes as a replacement for Kemar Roofe and produced a delightful cameo as he showed fans what they have missed.
With Leeds eight points off the final play-off spot with 13 matches of the Championship season remaining, their chances of ending their spell in the lower league doldrums are evaporating.
Supporters took to social media to express their conviction that Leeds will be forced to cash in on Jansson and Saiz, just as they were with Chris Wood last summer.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
1 point vs 3 doesn’t really matter when our season ended weeks ago. Just gonna enjoy Saiz’s last 13 games in a Leeds shirt before we sell him to West Ham for 8 million #lufc
— emmalevin (@m11_lufc) February 21, 2018
It’s going to be so heartbreaking selling Saiz this summer #lufc
— Halifax Whites (@HalifaxWhites) February 21, 2018
This seasons over, my biggest fear now is going into next season without Pontus and Saiz… the premiership will inevitably come sniffing! We had the chance in January to invest we didn’t and you can’t be naive and assume they will hang around forever! #lufc
— Joel Anderson (@joel_anderson_1) February 21, 2018
Think it’s a must to sign Lasogga for next season also Radrazzani should really look at this wage structure because the likes of Saiz and Alioski and Jansson will all be leaving unless we can hand out contracts that near 30k a week . #lufc
— James (@jimmy_L_UFC) February 22, 2018
We’re cool with a point? We’re winless in nearly 2 months, apart from Jansson we have a League one defence, we have league one players outfield and the team depends on 4 individuals. Saiz and Jansson likely gone in 14 weeks. Good night out. Leeds going nowhere. Yet again.#lufc
— Spencer (@HybrisLeeds) February 21, 2018
— Liam Harry Potter (@LiamlufcPotter) February 21, 2018
Just one more season with Pontus and Saiz, please! #lufc
— Neil (@OooahhBerardi) February 21, 2018
Because people will peddle out he brought Saiz in. Let’s get it right, Saiz had offers from La Liga clubs. He’s come to #lufc as a stepping stone but if we went up great, if not but he shows his class he’ll get his move and a nice wage to boot. Orta is a fraud
— Russ Cowling (@Russlufc) February 21, 2018
I like the Heck, but this season’s gone. Key point is how do we keep @PJansson5 and @Samusaiz in the summer? Apart from @lukeayling_8 Forshaw @Ronaldo_Vieira8 Ekuban & maybe @official_tyro we aren’t a promotion side (& Pontus & Saiz will get bought). Real worry for #lufc
— Snutt30 (@snutt30) February 21, 2018
My main concern about this season is that we’ll probs lose Jansson and Saiz in the summer.. #lufc
— Bullen (@jordan_bullen) February 21, 2018
Got absolutely no idea what sort of team we’ll get next ssn. If Saiz and Pontus go with no contract for Hernandez or Soggy Pete what sort of replacements would there be never mind looking at strengthening on what’s there now #LUFC
— Sean cain (@Seancain12) February 21, 2018
We’ll be very lucky to keep hold of Saiz for next season #lufc
— Louis Smith (@louis_smith___) February 21, 2018
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