Leeds United managed to keep the pressure on their Championship rivals on Saturday afternoon when they overcame Blackburn Rovers, however it appeared one player’s rather significant role in the middle of the field may have gone a little unnoticed.
Goals from Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison were enough to hand Marcelo Bielsa’s side a precious three points in front of a home crowd, although they were handed a rather nervy second half as the visitors pulled one back before the half-time whistle (Sky Sports).
However, the Whites managed to stay resolute and finish off their opponents, which has been somewhat a bit of a problem in previous fixtures this season (Sky Sports).
Naturally, the goalscorers and those involved in the build-up to the goals are always going to be the individuals likely to earn the majority of the plaudits, and whilst it would be difficult to argue against them, perhaps, one man should have got his own fair share of the adulation from those that continually hand it out.
Mateusz Klich has been an ever-present member of Bielsa’s side since the Argentine arrived in Yorkshire and has recently been rewarded with a new contract to extend his stay at Elland Road for a lot longer than originally scheduled.
Whilst that is good news and something worthy of celebrating on its own, perhaps, his performance against Blackburn should also earn him some praise and good cheer as well.
According to data collected by WhoScored, the Poland international managed to contribute with three key passes, completed three of his four long balls, completed 86.8% of his 53 attempted passes and provide two defensive tackles to help thwart their Ewood Park counterparts on Saturday afternoon.
Klich, however was only scored a match rating of 6.82 on their system, whilst fansite Through It All Together decided to give him a 6.5/10 despite being “solid” in each half.
The 29-year-old continues to remain a key cog in Bielsa’s machine and if Leeds are going to obtain promotion to the Premier League (whether that be automatically or via the play-offs), the midfielder is going to have to continually produce the “solid” type of performances on a consistent basis.
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