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Leeds United: Eddie Gray believes Mateusz Klich is suited to going forward

Leeds United: Eddie Gray believes Mateusz Klich is suited to going forward

Eddie Gray wants to see Mateusz Klich playing further forward more often for Leeds United as he feels the Poland international’s game is suited to that style of play.

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The midfielder got himself on the scoresheet once again in midweek when the Whites managed to breeze past Salford City in the Carabao Cup to kick start his campaign.

The 29-year-old was not a stranger to scoring goals last season though, as he managed to find the back of the net on ten occasions in his 50 appearances across all competitions (Transfermarkt) as he became a hugely influential figure for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Indeed, Leeds legend Gray noted that he feels Klich is getting further forward and believes the Pole’s game is better suited to that type of play.

Speaking to LUTV, he said: “Klich I thought played well the other night. Terrific goal. He was getting forward a lot more the other night, getting up to support the front man. It suits him to do that.”

And, it would appear Gray has a rather good point. According to data collected by WhoScored, Klich has already managed to average four key passes in his two Championship matches so far (prior to the Wigan Athletic meeting), whilst he provided nine assists last season with an average of 1.4 key passes per game.

However, it could also be argued that the 29-year-old is vitally important for Bielsa’s side when playing in a deeper role.

The midfielder has already average 1.5 tackles per match this season, having totalled 1.7 for Leeds in their Championship campaign last year (WhoScored).

If he were to go forward and the Whites were to lose the ball and be hit by the opposition on the counter-attack, Klich being taken out of that particular phase of the game could potentially become a problem the Elland Road outfit will unlikely want to deal with.

However, with Kalvin Phillips alongside him (who has already averaged four tackles per game this season after a staggering 2.6 in each of his last two campaigns), perhaps Leeds have the necessary tools to cope with the 29-year-old going forward more often.

Indeed, with the knack of striking the back of the net rather regularly for a midfielder, that could also benefit their chances of winning promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds fans, do you agree with Gray? Do you think Klich’s game is better suited to playing in a more advanced role? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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