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Samuel Sáiz Alonso (born 22 January 1991) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Girona as an attacking midfielder or a forward.[2][3]

Samuel Sáiz
Personal information
Full name Samuel Sáiz Alonso[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-22) 22 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Girona
Youth career
Omega CF
1999–2008 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Real Madrid C 35 (5)
2009–2010 Real Madrid B 23 (5)
2010–2011Sevilla B (loan) 15 (3)
2011–2012 Melilla 16 (1)
2012–2013 Getafe B 44 (11)
2012 Getafe 1 (0)
2013–2014 Almería B 9 (0)
2014–2015 Atlético Madrid B 47 (15)
2015–2016 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2015–2016Huesca (loan) 29 (3)
2016–2017 Huesca 42 (12)
2017–2019 Leeds United 53 (5)
2019Getafe (loan) 10 (1)
2019– Girona 0 (0)
National team
2009 Spain U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 july 2019

He spent most of his career in the Spanish lower leagues, amassing Segunda División totals of 69 games and 15 goals with Huesca after signing with the club at the age of 24. In La Liga, he appeared in ten matches with Getafe over two separate spells.

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Football careerEdit

Real MadridEdit

Born in Madrid, Sáiz arrived in Real Madrid's youth system at the age of eight. He made his senior debuts late into 2008–09 – one game – as the B-team competed in Segunda División B; in the following season, spent in the same level, he contributed more solidly, but they could only rank in eighth position, thus failing to reach the promotion playoff stage.

For the 2010–11 campaign, Sáiz was loaned to Sevilla FC's reserves also in division three, in a season-long move. In the following transfer window, however, he returned to Real Madrid, being assigned to its C-side in Tercera División.

Melilla / GetafeEdit

On 17 August 2011, Sáiz returned to the third tier and joined UD Melilla, with Real retaining a buyback option on the player.[4] Late into the following transfer window, however, he terminated his contract and signed with Getafe CF's reserves in the same tier;[5] he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 1 April 2012, coming on as a substitute for Jaime Gavilán for the last 12 minutes of a 0–3 away loss against Atlético Madrid.[6]

Almería / Atlético MadridEdit

On 8 July 2013, Sáiz signed with UD Almería B.[7] In January of the following year he moved teams again, joining Atlético Madrid B also in the third division.[8][9]

Occasionally called for training with Atlético's main squad under manager Diego Simeone, Sáiz was also an unused substitute in a league match against Villarreal CF.[10][11]

HuescaEdit

On 5 August 2015, Sáiz joined SD Huesca from Segunda División in a season-long move.[12][13] He scored his first professional goal 17 days later, but in a 2–3 home defeat to Deportivo Alavés;[14] he netted a further two times in his first year, from 30 overall appearances.[15]

In late March 2016, Sáiz signed a permanent contract with the Aragonese club until June 2018.[16] In the following campaign he scored a career-best 12 goals,[17] as his team was ousted in the promotion play-offs.[18]

Leeds UnitedEdit

On 10 July 2017, Huesca and Leeds United reached an agreement for the transfer of Sáiz.[19] Three days later, the latter club announced the signing of a four-year contract after a successful medical.[20] He made his competitive debut on 9 August, scoring a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory over Port Vale in the EFL Cup[21]– in doing so, he became their first player to achieve the feat in his first game since Carl Shutt in 1989.[22] His first Championship appearance took place three days later, in a 0–0 home draw against Preston North End.[23]

On 19 August 2017, Sáiz opened his league scoring account, contributing to the 2–0 win at Sunderland.[24] The following 7 January, he was involved in an off-the-ball incident and was shown a red card for allegedly spitting at an opposition player during the 1–2 defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup;[25] he returned from his six-match suspension on 21 February in a 2–2 draw against Derby County, providing an assist for Ezgjan Alioski.[26]

After ending the season with nine goals and seven assists,[27] Sáiz was nominated as one of four players for Leeds' Player of The Year award on 16 April 2018.[28] For the following campaign, he was given the number 14 shirt.[29]

On 17 December 2018, Sáiz was loaned to his former club Getafe for six months.[30] He made his debut on 6 January 2019, playing 16 minutes in a 1–2 home loss against FC Barcelona.[31] He scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 28 April, but in a defeat at Real Sociedad by the same scoreline.[32]

GironaEdit

On 18 July 2019, Sáiz joined Segunda División side Girona for an undisclosed fee from Leeds United.[33]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 12 September 2017
Club Season League Domestic Cups Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla Atlético 2010–11[34] Segunda División B 16 3 1 0 17 3
Sevilla Atletico total 16 3 1 0 0 0 17 3
Melilla 2011–12[34] Segunda División B 16 1 16 1
Melilla total 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
Getafe 2011–12[35] La Liga 1 0 1 0
Getafe total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Getafe B 2011–12[34] Segunda División B 13 2 13 2
2012–13[34] 31 9 31 9
Getafe B total 44 11 0 0 0 0 44 11
Almería B 2013–14[34] Segunda División B 9 0 9 0
Almeria B total 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Atlético Madrid B 2013–14[34] Segunda División B 14 7 14 7
2014–15[34] 33 8 33 8
Atlético B total 47 15 0 0 0 0 47 15
Huesca 2015–16[36] Segunda División 29 3 1 0 30 3
2016–17[37] 42 12 2 0 44 12
Huesca total 71 15 3 0 0 0 74 15
Leeds United 2017–18[38] Championship 11 4 2 4 13 8
Leeds United total 11 4 2 4 0 0 13 8
Career total 215 49 6 4 0 0 221 53

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Leeds United" (PDF). English Football League. p. 21. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ Evans, Alex (23 June 2017). "VIDEO: Potential Leeds United signing Samuel Sainz [sic] in action". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  3. ^ Escar, Antonio (24 June 2017). "Samu Sáiz y el Leeds United, muy cerca de llegar a un acuerdo" [Samu Sáiz and Leeds United, very close to reaching an agreement] (in Spanish). Sport Huesca. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Samuel Saiz ficha por el Melilla" [Samuel Saiz signs for Melilla] (in Spanish). Best!. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  5. ^ "El delantero Samu rescinde contrato con Melilla para firmar por el Getafe B" [Forward Samu terminates contract with Melilla to sign for Getafe B]. ABC (in Spanish). 20 January 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Diego enjoys Atleti return". ESPN Soccernet. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Samu Saiz, primer fichaje del Almería B" [Samu Saiz, first signing of Almería B] (in Spanish). UD Almería. 8 July 2013. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  8. ^ Barrios Merillas, Adrián (31 January 2014). "Samu Sáiz firma por el Atlético B" [Samu Sáiz signs for Atlético B] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Samu Sáiz vuelve a Madrid" [Samu Sáiz returns to Madrid] (in Spanish). El Gol de Madriz. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  10. ^ "El Atleti defenderá el liderato sin Costa, Arda ni Gabi" [Atleti will defend first place without Costa, Arda or Gabi]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  11. ^ Casáñez, Juan (16 July 2014). "El Cholo Simeone trabaja con el futuro Atlético de Madrid" [Cholo Simeone works with future Atlético de Madrid]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Samuel Sáiz, nuevo fichaje" [Samuel Sáiz, new signing] (in Spanish). SD Huesca. 5 August 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Samu Sáiz llega cedido a Huesca" [Samu Sáiz arrives to Huesca on loan]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 August 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  14. ^ Laz, Alberto (22 August 2015). "El Deportivo Alavés amarga la vuelta a Segunda del Huesca" [Deportivo Alavés bitter Huesca's Segunda return]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  15. ^ Cambridge, James (1 July 2016). "Leeds and Leicester transfer battle for striker: Spaniard has bargain release clause". Daily Express. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Samu Sáiz renueva hasta el 2018" [Samu Sáiz renews until 2018]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  17. ^ Díaz, Rafa (20 June 2017). "La Primera División espera a Samu Sáiz" [Primera División awaits Samu Sáiz]. Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Hierro departs Real Oviedo". Football España. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Deal agreed for Sáiz". Leeds United F.C. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Sáiz deal complete". Leeds United F.C. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Leeds United 4–1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  22. ^ Hay, Phil (9 August 2017). "Leeds United: Hat-trick hero Saiz's 'spit' spat overshadows outstanding debut". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Leeds United 0–0 Preston North End". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Sunderland 0–2 Leeds United". Sky Sports. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  25. ^ Harris, Alex (7 January 2018). "Samuel Saiz: Why Leeds star was sent off against Newport County". Daily Express. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Derby County 2–2 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Leeds United top scorers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Cast your vote for the Player of The Year awards". Leeds United F.C. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  29. ^ "2018/19 squad numbers announced". Leeds United F.C. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Samu Saiz nuevo futbolista azulón" [Samu Saiz new blue footballer] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  31. ^ "Getafe 1–2 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
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  33. ^ "SAMUEL SAIZ JOINS GIRONA". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g Samuel Sáiz at Soccerway
  35. ^ "Games played by Samuel Sáiz in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  36. ^ "Games played by Samuel Sáiz in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Samuel Sáiz in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  38. ^ "Games played by Samuel Sáiz in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.

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