By Dave Woods

13th Aug, 2019 | 11:17am

Klich key to Leeds success

There’s a player who flies under the radar a lot at Leeds but is actually central to the way Marcelo Bielsa plays.

Mateusz Klich had a brilliant game against Nottingham Forest, creating the goal for Pablo Hernandez and getting the highest rating of the game from WhoScored.

According to the @LUFCDATA Twitter account, Klich has created more chances in the opening two games of the Championship than any other player.

He had 60 touches in the game against Nottingham Forest and his heatmap shows why he was so influential, drifting out to both flanks to hook up with Jack Harrison and Hernandez, key channels for the Bielsa style of play

According to wyscout he delivered the most passes to the box of any Leeds player – nine, with six finding their target. He also delivered seven to the final third with a 71% accuracy.

Klich created five chances for Leeds in the game, three for Hernandez and he converted one of those.

Creating chances isn’t the Leeds problem at the moment, converting them is. Leeds completely outplayed Forest in every metric but still couldn’t close out the game.

Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping that Eddie Nketiah is the answer to this problem, one that’s been plaguing Leeds ever since the Argentine arrived.

The 20-year-old Arsenal striker is due to get his first outing tonight in the Carabao Cup game against Salford and that could put him in contention for a spot on the bench for the Championship game against Wigan.

When Nketiah is playing for Leeds, the importance of Klich could become even more apparent.