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Eddie Gray claims Leeds' Samuel Saiz must not play striker v Millwall

Samuel Saiz of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 31, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are short of options in attack ahead of the match against Millwall.

Samuel Saiz of Leeds United and Daniel Johnson of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road...

Eddie Gray insists that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa must avoid using Samuel Saiz as his centre-forward on Saturday for the trip to Millwall.

The Whites have a striker crisis going into the Championship fixture, as both senior options Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are unavailable through injury.

 

Tyler Roberts seems the most suited replacement to fill the number nine role, but attacking midfielder Saiz has been used at the point of attack in the past.

Leeds legend Gray believes that Spanish playmaker Saiz is much more effective behind the striker and doesn’t like the thought of him featuring as the centre-forward against a physical Millwall side.

“I know he’s lead the line before, but I wouldn’t like him to lead the line at Millwall. I prefer him playing off somebody,” Gray told LUTV.

“When Saiz is on song he can destroy anybody, but he’s usually on song when Pablo [Hernandez] plays.”

Samuel Saiz of Leeds United and Ben Pearson of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on...

Leeds will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the league season at the weekend, as they return to action after the international break.

Bielsa’s side have been hit by several injuries to key first teamers and Saiz is one of the players that may need to come to the fore.

The 27-year-old has been a regular in the starting XI so far this campaign and has been linking up play well, but is still waiting for his first league goal of the season.

He has the technical ability to walk through Championship defences when he is on form and could be a major threat to Millwall, as he picks up spaces between defence and midfield.

Samuel Saiz of Leeds United competes for the ball with Mo Besic of Middlesbrough FC during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 31,...

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