Samu Saiz has admitted that his performances need to improve, with the midfielder struggling since departing Leeds United this summer.

Saiz swapped Leeds for Girona in a £2.25m deal after falling out of favour under Marcelo Bielsa towards the end of last season.

Having started as one of the Leeds boss’ first picks early on in the 2018-19 campaign, the 28-year-old did not manage a starting place after October and by January had left Elland Road to join Getafe on loan.

That sparked his return to Spain, with Girona happy to pay as they seek to make a return to the top flight of Spanish football.

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He has endured a difficult start to life with the LaLiga2 side, managing just six starts and two assists in the league so far.

Those numbers have attracted criticism, and he has admitted that demands for him to up his game are justified.

“I agree with people outside that my performance has to be better,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“I think I’m still acclimatizing to the league and also the team, where there are many new players, and this is affecting us.

“We are in a good dynamic. The coach and the new coaching staff transmit a lot of positive energy and strength.

“We are doing everything with enthusiasm, and I think this is the line we should follow, now the results are with us.”