Samu Saiz's pre-season performances suggest Leeds have quite a player on their hands

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

The Spaniard signed for Leeds United this summer and he is looking every inch a fan favourite in the making.

Leeds United needed more attacking threat after being over reliant on Chris Wood last season, and new Whites boss Thomas Christiansen has wasted little time putting that right.

Caleb Ekuban looks like being a brilliant option from the bench, while Ezgjan Alioski has the magic feet and turn of pace to go down a storm at Elland Road, but what of Samu Saiz?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

On early evidence the 26-year-old is a pass-master with the composure to help Leeds back to the top flight after far too long away.

Saiz's second-half performance against Oxford United on his home debut was a case in point, as the former Huesca player demanded the ball time and again and rarely wasted possession.

Whether it was a simple choice or a cross-field pass, Saiz knew exactly how to utilise the ball and the space around him, and as soon as he made his decision he was pointing and looking for the next opportunity.

It is one thing bossing the midfield in a pre-season friendly against lower league opposition and quite another doing that in the midst of a tough Championship campaign, but the early signs are hugely encouraging.

Leeds already had one play-maker in the form of Pablo Hernandez, but as good as the former Swansea City player can be, he was drifting in and out of games just when his club needed him the most at the business end of the last campaign.

Having Saiz as an alternative is a great decision and the way Leeds' new addition takes his time, finds the right pass and caresses the ball around the pitch, it is reminiscent of Paul Scholes in his twilight years.

Apoel's Danish head coach Thomas Christiansen instructs his players during the Europa League football match between APOEL Nicosia vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Neo GSP Stadium in Nicosia...

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