There was notable disappointing amongst the Elland Road crowd on Wednesday night as Samu Saiz delivered the latest in a string of below-par performances.
Plenty of questions were asked of Paul Heckingbottom’s defence as Leeds were swatted aside 3-0 by Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, but a complete lack of spark at the other end was equally as concerning.
Leeds managed just three relatively bleak shots on target and Saiz, their great creative hope, was on the periphery throughout. He has not scored since November, has not assisted a goal since December, and has looked a shadow of his autumnal best since returning from a six-game ban for spitting during the FA Cup third round defeat at Newport County.
Saiz has hogged the headlines for the wrong reasons of late with yellow cards and disciplinary issues far more frequent than goals right now and it seems that supporters are quickly losing patience with a player who, just a few months ago, appeared ready to inspire Leeds’ play-off charge.
They are now 13th in the table, 11 points adrift of the top six, and it is no coincidence that this season-ruining run has coincided with their diminutive Spanish schemer losing his form.
In truth, a performance against Wolves in which Saiz once again seemed determined to do everything himself only justified the recent criticism, and you wonder whether he could soon become a scapegoat among some sections of the support.