Samuel Saiz has issued an apology following his disgraceful sending off against Newport County, and his actions have caused the FA to ban the Spanish player for six games.
Saiz saw red for spitting at Newport County player Robbie Wilmott, as the Whites were dumped out of the prestigious FA Cup in the third round.
The Spaniard’s apology did seem sincere, after he was found guilty by the FA – however his actions are severely damaging to Leeds’ promotion hopes.
The six game ban will mean that Saiz is going to miss important games against fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol City, Sheffield United and Cardiff City; as well as games against Ipswich Town, Millwall and Hull City.
It seems as though there couldn’t be a worse time for the Whites to be without their star player, as Saiz is currently Leeds’ highest goals contributor, with 14 – as in his first season alone, the Spaniard has scored nine goals, also tallying five assists.
Leeds are now going to struggle to keep pace with the League leaders without the help of their most enigmatic player – and must look to other options for creative output.
Fan-favourite Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe both must now both be more consistent and step up to the plate in the absence of the pint-sized attacker.
Christiansen could also look to find a short-term replacement in the January transfer window, but it’s without doubt a huge blow for the club.
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