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‘Intense’ – Bielsa praises Leeds stalwart – why 29-year-old is key to promotion push

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has suggested that midfielder Mateusz Klich cannot get any better in the role that he plays for the club.

The 29-year-old has been ever-present at Elland Road since the South American was appointed to manage the Whites in 2018.

“Klich is a player with very, very much skills physically,” said Bielsa, as reported by Leeds Live.

“The values of Klich, he cannot do better. A player who runs more, more intense movements and makes more movements at maximal speed.

“His values are linked with how he prepares mentally. This is the fact that makes him run. More hungry he is, the more he runs.”

A midfield maestro – and critical to promotion push

Klich has been one of the best performers for the Yorkshire giants under Bielsa and he is a player whom the rest of the squad can take inspiration from as Leeds look to win promotion to the Premier League this season and play in the top-flight for the first time since 2004.

The hard-working playmaker was brilliant last season as he went on to score 10 goals and provide nine assists.

So far this season, the Leeds star has scored three goals and provided two assists from 33 games in the Championship.

The 19-times capped Polish international initially struggled to break into the Leeds first team after arriving at the club in 2017 whilst Thomas Christiansen was managing the club.

It looked like he was cast aside at Elland Road when he was loaned out to Dutch club FC Utrecht for the second half of the 2017/18 season.

Klich has not looked back since Bielsa was appointed as Leeds manager.

He will need to continue to be consistent to bolster the Whites’ chances of winning promotion this season.

After starting the season strongly, Leeds have once again lost momentum during the second half of the campaign as they did last term.

Leeds will need to avoid a repeat of what happened last season as they missed out on promotion – with a home game against Reading on Saturday next up.

Klich will be one of the first names on Bielsa’s teamsheet and has been critical to the Whites this season – especially as Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw have spent time injured or unavailable.

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