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Transfer Flashback: Mateusz Klich

Transfer Flashback: Mateusz Klich

On June 23rd 2017, Leeds United signed Mateusz Klich from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee. 

The 28-year-old made his first-team debut in a 4–1 League Cup victory on the 9th of August and his League debut 10 days later. However, he found himself behind a number of players in the pecking order, which affected his first season at the club massively. But, it’s safe to say that he is now enjoying the rub of the green at Elland Road.

Indeed, supporters knew that their team had just secured a special player that had the potential to go all the way in English football, as they took to the confirmation of the signing on Twitter with delight.

Born in Tarnow, Mateusz Klich debuted in the Ekstraklasa in November 2008. During the 2009–10 season, he gradually became a regular in KS Cracovia’s starting eleven. But, he struggled to spend more than 30 games at a single club, which resulted in him enjoying spells at VfL Wolfsburg II, PEC Zwolle, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Dutch side FC Twente along the way.

The central midfielder enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in Holland, as he managed to find the back of the net on six occasions and provided four assists for his teammates in 30 appearances.

On the 23rd of June 2017, Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds United announced that they had secured the services of Mateusz Klich for an undisclosed fee from FC Twente.

He made his first-team debut in a 4–1 League Cup victory against Port Vale on the 9th of August and his League debut 10 days later in a 2–0 win against Sunderland. However, he found himself behind Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira in the pecking order, with his first and only League start for the season coming on the 26th of September 2017, in the defeat against Cardiff City.

Sadly, the midfielder was later shipped out on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht until the end of the season, where he managed to secure a man of the match award and a number of goals and assists in what was a very successful loan spell that helped resurrect his Leeds United career.

So, in the end it comes as no surprise that fans greeted the signing with such delight and promise, with his multiple goals and assists helping Leeds push for promotion in the current campaign under Marcelo Bielsa, as one of the standout performers in the Championship.

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