Mateusz Klich wants to make Leeds United return
Former Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich is reportedly keen on making a return to Elland Road, in order to reach 200 appearances for the club.
The Lowdown: Klich leaves Leeds
The Pole enjoyed a successful spell with the Whites between 2017 and 2023, eventually departing during the recent January transfer window to join MLS side D.C. United.
Klich racked up a total of 195 appearances in a Leeds shirt, during which time he helped them return to the Premier League, prior to playing 82 times in the top flight.
The 32-year-old may not have always made the headlines at Elland Road, with other players producing more match-winning showings, but he was a key cog in the machine and allowed others around him to thrive.
While January felt like the right time for Klich to move on, it could now be that Leeds fans get to see him at the club again in the future, following a new update.
The Latest: Midfielder wants return
Speaking to Sportowe Fakty [via Leeds United News], the veteran midfielder hinted that he could yet head back to Leeds and bring him his double century of appearances:
“I have 195 games at Leeds and I told our directors when my contract was terminated that I would still be back for those five games. We’ll see how it all turns out.”
The Verdict: Is he needed?
This a tricky one to assess, with nostalgia saying it would be heartwarming to see Klich return to the Whites and reach his milestone, having been such a strong servant for the club.
The 41-time capped Poland international was a popular figure among supporters, with his love of Leeds and dedication to the cause always standing out.
Marcelo Bielsa even once claimed that Klich was good enough to ‘play in all the best teams in the world’, highlighting how highly he was thought of by the Argentine legend.
On the flip side, Klich does turn 33 in June and Leeds should arguably be looking to the future rather than bringing back a former player who is past his best.
If the one-goal D.C. midfielder is content with coming back as nothing more than a squad player it could make sense, in terms of his experience, but there is also a risk element when it comes to footballers returning for second spells at clubs.
Should it happen, it is certainly a move that could go down well with the supporters, but equally, there could be younger options out there to ensure Leeds kick on into the future.