Mateusz Klich seems more likely to exit Leeds United amid Seko Fofana news
Leeds United really have no choice but to add to their midfield options this month with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad constantly ravaged by injuries.
As soon as someone comes back, another player gets ruled out for a while and right now, the Whites are without Kalvin Phillips until March and Jamie Shackleton until February.
Even without the injury issues, Leeds’ midfield needed to be updated, upgraded and added to – but it does seem as though there is an effort to do that this month.
The Daily Mail has reported that Leeds are interested in Lens’ former Manchester City midfielder Seko Fofana.
The 26-year-old has been in superb form for Lens this season and is reportedly valued at £14million by the Ligue 1 club.
Newcastle and Burnley are also said to be keen on the Ivory Coast international, who’s been likened to Yaya Toure.
Fofana is the kind of midfielder who we’d like to see arrive at Leeds.
On the Ligue 1 website, he’s described as a box-to-box midfielder with bundles of energy and a very high work rate.
He sounds perfect for Bielsa – and he also sounds a lot like Mateusz Klich when we were flying in the Championship.
Klich was a mainstay of Bielsa’s Leeds team before our promotion as he started almost every single Championship fixture. As quoted by LeedsLive in 2018, Bielsa hailed the midfielder as “influential”.
However, it’s fair to say that since Leeds’ return to the Premier League, the Poland international, who’s now 31-years-old, has struggled a fair bit.
Writing on the Mirror website on 1 January, journalist David Anderson reported that Klich “is on his way out of Elland Road” this month and reported interest in Fofana suggests this may well be the case.
They’re similar players, Fofana is younger and Klich is out of form, ageing and only really playing for Bielsa when there are injuries.
If Klich does go this month, Fofana would be an excellent replacement and someone who would no doubt be an asset alongside a fit Phillips in the midfield.
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