If you were to tell a Leeds supporter at the end of last season that Mateusz Klich would play an integral role in a promotion push for the club, they would have scoffed at the idea.
After being signed for a reported fee of £1.5m by then-manager Thomas Christiansen (according to the Yorkshire Evening Post), the Polish midfielder was loaned out to Eredivisie side FC Utretcht in the 2018 January transfer window after suffering a disastrous first-half to his debut season in English football. A permanent exit from Elland Road was only prevented by the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa who took Klich under his wing.
Fast-forward to March 2019 and it seems almost unimaginable to think of a time where the 28-year-old wasn’t a mainstay in the club’s midfield. Klich has been outstanding for the Whites this season, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 38 league appearances, helping Bielsa’s side to force themselves into contention for a top-two finish in May.
Considering just how influential the midfielder is for Leeds, it is vital that they do everything to keep him at the club this summer, regardless of what division they find themselves in. Without the domineering presence of Klich in the side’s midfield, it could be argued that the Whites would not even be close to fighting for automatic promotion this year.
Therefore, Bielsa must avoid any temptation from elsewhere that may force the player’s head to be turned in the coming months. Indeed, promotion to the Premier League may convince Klich to stay with Leeds and continue the project of taking the club back to their heyday which saw them challenge for European Football at the start of the 20th century.
The one thing that is for certain is that in order to make their return to the top flight, the Whites must embark on a superb run in their last eight fixtures, especially when you consider that both Norwich City and Sheffield United will be looking to capitalise on any slip ups from Bielsa’s side.
What do you think Leeds fans? How crucial is Klich to your club’s future? Should Bielsa consider deals for the midfielder in the summer if they surface from elsewhere? Let us know below.
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