By Danny Wright
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has hailed Samu Saiz after he scored a hat-trick on his debut in the 4-1 hammering of Port Vale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
The 26-year-old was named in Thomas Christiansen’s starting line up for the first match at Elland Road this season after he failed to make his first appearance in the win at Bolton on Sunday.
Saiz took just 12 minutes to get his first goal for the Whites before scoring two in two minutes after the break to help his side secure a resounding victory against the League Two side.
BBC pundit Whelan, 42, has said that the Spanish playmaker showed a lot more than just his ability to score in the clash and hailed his efforts all over the park in the win.
“The little Spanish wizard has really put his mark on the game this evening and what a performance,” he said in a video as shown on West Yorkshire Sport’s official Twitter account.
“Not just his goals, but his overall performance. He’s controlling the game, his passing his movement. He was really exciting.”
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) August 9, 2017
Saiz’s debut has perhaps been one of the more eagerly anticipated from Leeds fans after he arrived from Spanish side Huesca in early July as one of the most exciting signings of the summer.
The former Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has been joined by a host of players in moving to Elland Road since last season ended, with Caleb Ekuban being one of them as he also scored on his debut against Port Vale on Wednesday.
Christiansen’s focus will now surely be on Saturday, when the Whites play host to Preston in their first home fixture in the Championship.
In other Leeds news, supporters have reacted to the performance of Ekuban against League Two Vale.