Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to get rid permanently of “fragile” Samuel Saiz this summer.
The former United striker has told Football Insider the Championship promotion favourites should not be tempted to turn back to the playmaker after his loan spell at Getafe turned sour.
Saiz abruptly quit Leeds in mid-December to return to his Spanish homeland and sign a loan-to-buy deal with the La Liga club that the Yorkshire Post report is worth £6million.
However, the 28-year-old has made just two starts for Getafe and has not had a single minute of action since early February.
This has prompted suggestions among Leeds fans that Saiz could head back to his parent club at the end of the campaign.
“I wouldn’t be going back to a player with such a fragile character and temperament,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “He has chosen to be in Spain and wanted to be back there for family reasons, good luck to him.
“We are hopefully going into the Premier League next season and we have done it (automatic promotion) without him.
“I wouldn’t have him at my club. I would have got rid of him after the spitting incident [last year], which was appalling. That kind of behaviour is degrading and the worst thing you can do to an opponent on the pitch.
“I would have absolutely binned him then, and I would get rid at the first opportunity.”
Saiz joined Leeds from Spanish outfit Huesca in the summer of 2017 for a fee of around £3million, signing a four-year contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
He has scored 10 goals and supplied 12 assists in 58 appearances for United.
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