Date: 20th April 2019 at 1:00pm
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Noel Whelan is spot-on. Leeds United must get rid of Samuel Saiz permanently irrespective of his failed loan spell at Getafe.

The prospect of the playmaker returning to Elland Road this summer has increased in the wake of the last few months, during which he has not had a single minute of playing action.

Indeed, the 28-year-old’s return to his Spanish homeland has turned sour to the extent that he has made just two starts for Getafe since engineering his Elland Road exit in the middle of their promotion campaign.

That Leeds have managed to stay well on course for a top-two finish without the player Marcelo Bielsa hailed as the most gifted at the club further illustrates how his former teammates have developed and thrived in his wake.

United could face a tricky decision over Saiz at the end of the season.

He signed a loan-to-buy deal with Getafe that the Yorkshire Post report is worth £6million should it become permanent this summer.

But, Saiz’s lack of game time suggests the full-time transfer is in considerable doubt. Should Leeds welcome Saiz back with open arms if Getafe don’t take up their option?

“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. He was a disgrace.”

Bang on, Noel. Saiz signed a four-year contract after signing from Spanish outfit Huesca in the summer of 2017 for a fee of around £3million, but headed off into the sunset just when Leeds needed him.

That was appalling conduct to leave them in the lurch, just as it was beyond the pale to spit at Newport County midfielder Robbie Willmott in United’s FA Cup defeat 15 months ago,

Leeds must pull out all the stops to get rid permanently of a player who is more trouble than he’s worth.

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