The Lowdown: Lack of minutes
Klich has fallen down the pecking order under Jesse Marsch this season and is yet to make a Premier League start. He netted twice in a Carabao Cup win over Barnsley, after which Danny Mills labelled the 32-year-old ‘different class’, but has featured in only 188 minutes of league action.
The Latest: World Cup absence
Poland confirmed their World Cup squad on Thursday afternoon, with Klich unfortunately not making the cut.
The reporter tweeted: “Bitter blow for Mateusz Klich to miss out on the World Cup. No guarantee he’ll be in a position to make the squad in four years, depending on whether Poland qualify at all. Jesse Marsch felt his reduced role would still be sufficient for a call-up.”
The Verdict: Gutted
Klich put side before self at Elland Road by remaining in Yorkshire, providing Marsch with an experienced option from the bench.
However, his lack of game-time this season appears to have played a part in his exclusion from Poland’s squad.
Everyone associated with the club will be gutted for Klich, who – as Donnohue mentions – may not be in a position to line out for his country at the 2026 World Cup (that’s if they qualify), by which time he will be 36.