It goes without saying that Leeds United have had a glorious start to life under legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa, and no one can be more thankful to the Argentine than Mateusz Klich.
The Pole joined Leeds United last summer and was a number of unknown names to arrive at Elland Road in a time of uncertainty at the club. After failing to break into the Leeds side come January, Klich was sent out on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht. With the complete overhaul of the United squad at the start of the season, many would have added Klich to the list of those surplus to requirements.
Klich has shown that all he needed was faith and a playing style to complement his versatile approach, under Bielsa he has scored his first goal for the club, followed by two more and is once again a Polish international. His goalscoring prowess has also transpired onto the international stage, with the former FC Twente man scoring his first national team goal against Northern Ireland at the start of September.
When asked about the importance of a result against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, he told LUTV: ‘I’m not focused on the atmosphere, I just want to go out there and play’ The midfielder emphasised his relaxed approach, showing that he and the rest of the team are grounded when it comes expectations.
He also spoke highly on the philosophy adopted at Leeds under Bielsa, stating that “this is the football everyone wants us to play.” Klich’s attitude is a complement to Bielsa, to have the players relaxed and level-headed under the early-season pressure they have received.
Although we are only 10 games into the new season, Friday’s Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough is all to play for, the impetus is on Leeds to bounce back from their first league defeat, whereas Jos Luhukay’s men are determined to join their rivals near the promotion places.