Leeds United supporters have been reasonably upbeat in recent times despite seeing their side slip from top spot in the Championship over the weekend.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men went into their meeting with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road off the back of beating struggling Ipswich Town in midweek to ascent to the summit of the table, and thus were full of confidence ahead of the visit of the East Midlands giants. Yet they needed a late Kemar Roofe effort to earn a 1-1 draw from the encounter having fallen behind to Jack Robinson’s opener, a result which saw Bielsa’s side leapfrogged by Sheffield United at the top of the Championship.
Nonetheless, there have been many satisfied Leeds fans up and down the country in recent times given their team’s fine start to the campaign, several of whom have been particularly impressed with how Bielsa has reinvigorated midfielder Mateusz Klich, who was signed by former boss Thomas Christiansen for just £1.53 million (as per Transfermarkt) last summer.
And while the Poland international struggled for regular football last term, he has been a revelation under Bielsa, with the new Leeds boss having to thank the old one in Christiansen for providing him with a Whites lynchpin.
Ultimately, Klich made the move to Elland Road back in the summer of 2017 as Christiansen sought to completely overhaul the squad, what with the likes of Samuel Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, Felix Wiedwald, and Vurnon Anita, to name but a few, also making the move to the Yorkshire giants.
Yet Klich was one man who seriously struggled for regular football in appearing just five times in the Championship in the first half of last season, eventually prompting Christiansen to ship him out on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht for the second half of the campaign – thus, it’s arguable that his future at the club was already somewhat uncertain.
As such, very few could have foreseen his meteoric rise under Bielsa in becoming a vital part of the Argentine’s team at Elland Road, what with the 28-year-old starting all 15 of their Championship matches so far this term, in which time he has seriously produced the goods with five goals and four assists to help the Whites to second place in the table.
Ultimately, Klich looks tailor-made for Bielsa’s side in that midfield area hence the outstanding displays he has put in this season – a far cry away from the man that couldn’t get to grips with English football 12 months ago.
And while Christiansen was unable to get the best out of the midfielder, he has no doubt provided Bielsa with a Leeds lynchpin – a lynchpin who looks set to play as big a part as any in their bid for a return to the Premier League this season.
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