Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan admits that he is disappointed by the form of Mateusz Klich, with his influence dipping as the season has progressed.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side suffered defeat last weekend, losing 2-0 at Brighton and failing to find their best form at the Amex Stadium. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Whites, who have little to play for between now and the end of the season, with no chance of relegation or finishing in the European places.
Klich started in midfield for Leeds, coming in for Kalvin Phillips, but he failed to stamp his authority on proceedings against the Seagulls, winning just three of his eight duels and giving the ball away 11 times (Sofascore).
The Polish midfielder scored seven goals and set up another five in 47 appearances last season, but has found the net just twice in 33 games this term (Transfermarkt).
Whelan critical of Klich performance
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan discussed a disappointing showing from Klich on Saturday, bemoaning his recent lack of impact. He said:
“I thought Klich was poor. He gave us no energy or stability in the midfield.
“What is wrong with him at the minute? I don’t know. He is not the same player he was a year ago though. It is quite bizarre. I’m struggling to get my head round how his form has dipped so badly.
“It is another reason why we need to go into the market this summer. We need more offensive midfielders. Klich’s performance against Brighton was the perfect example why.
“He is so ineffective in the midfield. He did not run past the defence, he hardly touched the ball, he did not make anything happen. Yves Bissouma bossed him all game to be quite frankly honest with you.”
Transfer Tavern take
While Klich was undoubtedly below-par against Brighton, it is never easy for a player to be thrown in after a lack of playing time, so any criticism is slightly harsh. This was the Pole’s first start since early March, so it was arguably unfair to expect too much from him on the day.
That being said, Leeds can do better than Klich moving forward, bringing in a superior backup to Phillips – one who has more long-term potential than the 30-year-old.
He has been an excellent servant during his 140 appearances, but if the Whites are to reach another level, Bielsa needs to be ruthless with his squad.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly keen on signing an alternative to one player this summer. Read more here.
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