Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes Mateusz Klich will find his best form this season, following an impressive summer.
The Lowdown: Klich enjoys good pre-season
The Whites are preparing for the start of the new Premier League season, with a mouthwatering trip to Manchester United awaiting on Saturday lunchtime.
Someone who has featured prominently throughout the summer is Klich, with the Poland ace scoring in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal last weekend.
The Latest: Pundit tips Klich to shine
The 31-year-old wasn’t always a key starter last season, starting 28 of Leeds’ 38 league games, but someone who believes he could thrive in 2021/22 is Whelan.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Whites man believes Klich looks primed to enjoy a strong campaign for Marcelo Bielsa’s side:
“Klich’s had a brilliant pre-season. He already had a goal in the bag away at Loughborough and last night’s finish tells me he is sprightly, sharp and ready to make a big impact this season.
“I think they are all itching for the new season to get started. Everyone one of those players will have wanted to play themselves into the starting XI for that first game. It doesn’t get much bigger than an opening day game against Man United.
“Klich is one that has definitely stood out in pre-season and I expect we will see him back to his best now.
“He had a great start to last season and then had a little dip so he’ll be looking for consistency this year.”
The Verdict: More of a squad player
Klich’s form wasn’t always good last season – he openly admitted that it dropped off in the second half of the campaign – and he will have to up his level if he wants to start every week this time around.
Kalvin Phillips is an undisputed key man in the middle of the park, and with a new central midfielder potentially coming in, too, there will be pressure on Klich to perform.
At worst, however, he remains a strong squad option and he will hopefully take his pre-season form with him into the opening game this weekend.
In other news, Phil Hay has provided a key Marcelo Bielsa update. Read more here.
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