Leeds have been handed their first warning about what life without Samuel Saiz could be like for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Saturday’s clash with Hull was the Whites’ fourth without the Spaniard, who has already had a January loan move to Getafe confirmed after growing unsettled at Leeds.
In the previous three games however, Leeds did not appear to miss the magician. Bielsa’s side won all three fixtures, and produced incredible comebacks against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers.
However, with Hull ending Leeds’ winning run with a 2-0 win at Elland Road, fans are starting to wonder whether the Whites will actually miss Saiz a lot more than they initially feared.
It was a hugely frustrating afternoon for Leeds. They created enough chances to produce another turnaround, but just could not find the back of the net.
Saiz was not at his best in the opening months of the season. But if he had been sat on the bench on Saturday, there is almost no doubt that he would have come on at some stage.
And Saiz is the kind of player that would not need to be at his best to make something happen. One moment of quality could have been all it took to give a deflated Leeds the boost they needed.
Pablo Hernandez has been sensational this term. But if Leeds are going to get promoted, they surely need to add more quality to replace Saiz.
Saturday’s defeat could not have made that more obvious.