Samuel Saiz is joining Getafe on loan from Leeds United in the January transfer window.

Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he can replace Samuel Saiz in the team.

Saiz has left Leeds for Getafe on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

The Spanish attacking midfielder was an important player for the Whites, and it remains to be seen if head coach Marcelo Bielsa signs a replacement in the January transfer window.

Roberts, who can operate as a striker or as a winger, has said that he is ready to step up and play in Saiz’s position.

“I’d definitely say I can play in the no 10 role and do a nice job there,” Roberts told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I do like coming into pockets and linking up and getting on the ball so it might be something to look at but not for me to say.

“I do prefer more central but I can play anywhere – wherever he is going to put me.”

Risky move?

Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are ahead of Roberts in the pecking order at Elland Road at the moment, and the 19-year-old will have to be patient regarding playing regularly for Leeds as a striker.

It will be a risk for Leeds to deploy the youngster in Saiz’s position, although it would not hurt to experiment in the coming weeks.

If Roberts is able to play that role in the next two or three games, then it would not make much sense for Leeds to splash the cash on a replacement for Saiz.

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