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Leeds United midfielder puts on wonder show – deserves new chance

Leeds United made Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich one of their early summer transfer signings last year in a transfer window with much activity.

He was one of a host of players to be brought to the club as new owner Andrea Radrizzani flexed his muscles and started his reign as the man in charge after taking over United from Massimo Cellino.

Just as the season hasn’t worked out for the Whites, the same can be said about Klich’s first season in English football and at Leeds United. He featured in just five Sky Bet Championship games, earning just 135 minutes of on-field action in England’s second-tier competition.

With some underwhelming performances under his belt, United sent the Tarnow-born 10-cap international out on loan to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht during the January transfer window,

So far he has featured in 13 Eredivisie games, providing three assists for Utrecht, including one in his last game against Heracles Almelo where he played on right of a three-man midfield.

But it is his general play in that game that has caught the attention of many, his Herculean efforts helping his side bounce back from a two-goal deficit within the opening five minutes of the game.

Mateusz Klich vs Heracles Almelo
  • Passes: 48 attempts/46 completed/96% accuracy
  • Key Passes: 11/24% completed passes
  • Tackles: 5 attempted/3 completed/60% success
  • Possession: 84 touches/6.8% team possession
  • Dribbles: 3 attempts/3 completed/100% success
  • Corners: 8 attempted/5 completed/635 accuracy
  • Match Rating: 9.54/10

Whilst the above is merely a snapshot of one game, the results of Mateusz Klich’s game against FC Utrecht are impressive nonetheless. There seems to be potential in Klich, maybe enough potential for Leeds United to stay any hand that may be attempting to shift him out of the club on a permanent deal.

A full pre-season and improved game time for the Pole might just give Leeds United a dependable midfielder who could have a big influence on next season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign.

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