Football fans love predicting who will play and who may play for various teams, not just the one they support. Leeds fans are no different and not many were predicting that Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich would get much time as a two on the pitch, but slowly and surely they are getting some time to prove they can play as a pair.
Last night saw Adam Forshaw replace Samu Saiz and Mateusz Klich move into the attacking midfield role and it’s the second game on the bounce this has happened. Klich is fast becoming one of, of not the most important player in the side and Samu Saiz may be thinking he has to do more. Klich was described as Bielsa’s “sniper” in the Yorkshire Evening Post after his fourth goal of the season at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, the joint top scorer along with Kemar Roofe in the league, four more than Saiz himself, a player who is the creator rather than a scorer.
Klich bagged the goal of the season so far from a Leeds point of view and he’s becoming a player that needs to be on the pitch all of the time. Adam Forshaw has twice replaced Samu Saiz towards the end of the game in the past two trips and although that may seem like a defensive switch that depends on what way you look at how Bielsa is setting things up. Some may feel that Klich has the winner in him at Sheffield Wednesday rather than Saiz.
Kalvin Phillips as a centre-back, Baily Peacock-Farrell ahead of Jamal Blackman, Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw in the same team? It isn’t something that anyone really thought would happen, especially with Kalvin Phillips in the same side but Bielsa is thinking about it that’s for sure. If the pair can develop a partnership then maybe it’s something Bielsa will use in specific situations.