There was plenty of excitement and expectation when Marcelo Bielsa arrived at Leeds United in the summer and it would seem he has not failed to delight those at Elland Road. The Whites still remain within a chance of returning to the Premier League and it will be the first time in a very long time that fans will feel their side is actually capable of finally doing it.
As is the case when a new manager arrives at a club, they take a look at the players and decide who they want to stay and who they do not have any plans for and look to get rid of. And, it appears Bielsa may have almost made a mistake.
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Speaking to Leeds Live ahead of their crucial match against Millwall, Bielsa revealed that he had thought about moving Mateusz Klich on in the summer.
The Poland international was originally deemed to be his fourth choice midfielder, behind the likes of Adam Forshaw, Ronaldo Vieira and Lewis Baker, however, he has since emerged as one of his main men in the middle of the park.
“Yes,” he replied when asked if Klich wanted to leave. “Forshaw was the best player in pre-season. Ronaldo was a talented young player in the club. Baker was the new solution for this position. In this moment we played against Las Palmas, Klich played, then I was thinking Kilch was the best. Before that, I thought about moving Klich out because he would be fourth choice.”
Selling Klich could have been disastrous for Leeds and Bielsa this season as the Poland international has been a star in the midfield throughout the campaign.
Whilst it is obvious that Baker had failed to make an impression, Forshaw has been injured for the majority of the campaign and Vieira was sold to Sampdoria, the 28-year-old has worked hard to put himself in contention and his performances on the pitch have shown that.
Klich has eight goals to his name and seven assists that have contributed to how well Leeds have done in the Championship so far, whilst his form has been crucial to helping the Whites continue with their charge for promotion.
He has plenty of leadership qualities as well, making him an extremely influential player in the side and his place in the team will only be further highlighted in their final few games of the campaign.
Although it would have been difficult to have imagined the impact he would have had on the side following a tough first year at Elland Road, many at the club might just be thankful that Bielsa did not offload him in the summer.
Leeds fans, what do you make of Klich’s contributions this season? How important has he become for the club? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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