Spanish trickster Samu Saiz has declared his burning desire to take Leeds United to the Premier League, admitting: “they would remember it here for years.”
Saiz has been United’s stand-out player over the first 16 games of the new campaign with the 26-year-old former Huesca forward having scored eight goals in all competitions and four in the league.
Former leaders Leeds, though, slipped further down the Championship pecking order to tenth following Saturday evening’s 3-1 loss at Brentford - United’s fourth Championship loss in succession and seventh league loss in nine.
Having been top of the table after seven games, United are now three points off the play-offs with head coach Thomas Christiansen forced to face further questions about his future following Saturday’s latest beating at Brentford.
But chairman Andrea Radrizzani looks set to stand by his man and shining light Saiz admits he is determined to take Leeds back up the table with the Spaniard in no doubt as to what promotion would mean on the back of the club’s 13-year exile from the Premier League.
“After 13 seasons out of the Premier, they would remember it here for years,” said Saiz, speaking in an interview with Spanish daily Marca.
“The main objective is to climb, it would be incredible to ascend.
“Leeds, even if it is in second (division), is a great club with a lot of history.
“In Elland Road there are always 40,000 people cheering us and out of the house (away) they travel almost 5,000.
“The stage is crazy, amazing, they keep cheering and they are always singing to me, every time they sing to me the song they have made, they make my hair stand on end.”
Saiz has proved a revelation since signing from Huesca in the summer for an undisclosed fee in the region of £3m.
The former Atletico Madrid player was wanted by several clubs in La Liga but Saiz says the work of Whites of football director Victor Orta proved key in his decision to sign for Leeds.
“Víctor Orta was following me for a long time and every player likes to feel loved,” said Saiz.
The Spaniard also admitted that he is happiest playing in the no 10 role with the forward believing a more central position is best suited to his game.
Saiz has been used as both a no 10 and as a left winger by head coach Christiansen.
Saiz said: “I’m not a big guy. I’m a very cheeky player, I’m not afraid, I always try to do what comes to mind , I’d say I’m very colorful, my game is quite vertical, I always look forward, on the left wing getting in, with freedom, but I prefer to play as a play-maker: you participate more in the game.
“I always try to improve myself, my goal is to help the team with so many goals and passes.”