Leeds United favourite Mateusz Klich's recent comments may signal discontent under Jesse Marsch
Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch may have an unhappy player in his squad after first-team favourite Mateusz Klich’s comments this week.
The Polish midfielder is adjusting to an altered role in the team since the American took over from Marcelo Bielsa, and although he has played in every game under the new boss he has only completed 90 minutes once.
After a surprisingly seamless transition from the previous manager, who was so much more than just the coach of the football team in Leeds, there have been some small signs of friction recently after Marsch said the squad was “overtrained” in comments to talkSPORT on the injury problems this year.
And although the dramatic upturn in results is undeniable, Klich’s interview this week gave some signs which suggested he isn’t entirely happy with the situation at the club now.
Asked on BBC West Yorkshire Sport Daily if he had enjoyed life under Marsch so far he avoided any mention of the manager and said: “Yeah I’ve enjoyed the results, because they were very needed and very important.”
Later, when asked about his new role he was hardly glowing in his assessment, saying: “Yeah I play a bit different, a bit more behind, more like a holding midfielder instead of running around everywhere, what I want to do.
“But umm… yeah, I quite enjoy it. I get loads of the ball and just try to transport the ball to our offensive players.”
The 31-year-old was a key member of Bielsa’s team and may be the first to betray his true feelings about the departure of the Argentine.
The transformation of a team battling in the Championship and absent from the Premier League for so long, into one capable of winning the title on the way to finally returning to the top flight was huge.
A ninth-placed finish in the first season back showed the scale of the job he did in improving the fortunes of so many players.
There were understandable fears that a squad that was largely devoted to him might struggle to adapt to the new man, but so far that has not appeared to be the case.
But, while Klich is clearly a professional and hasn’t come out to slam the former Red Bull manager, he sounded far from delighted at the new set up, and quickly passed up the chance to say anything positive about Marsch.
There were always going to be growing pains as part of the transition from an Elland Road institution to a newcomer, so it is no scandal but perhaps an inevitable fact of the switch.
With relegation a real threat the squad has pulled together admirably in the circumstances.
But if, as expected, they successfully avoid the drop, there will inevitably be changes.
Based on the sentiment that the midfield stalwart appeared to be signalling he may be one that moves on once the new boss gets the chance to reshape his squad.
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