Mateusz Klich will have been feeling rather pleased with himself after Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United press conference on Thursday.
Bielsa said the midfielder could play for any of the best teams in the world. In the world. So, Barcelona… Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Leeds.
That’s some praise for a player who was bombed out of Leeds after arriving on loan.
Klich declared that he would be back when that happened and has absolutely proved his detractors wrong.
Bielsa’s revelation was relayed by Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Two other things that stood out in the presser today:
1) Bielsa says it would be best if crowds returned when every stadium could have them, rather than government tiers dictating which grounds can.
2) Bielsa saying Klich could play for any of the best teams in the world.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 26, 2020
Klich was a bit of a journeyman before he arrived at Leeds, with seven different clubs on his CV.
He dropped out of Poland’s squad in 2014 and it looked like his career was on a downward trajectory.
He signed for Leeds in the summer of 2017 for just £1.5m but things went wrong quickly.
He was the first player to sign after Thomas Christiansen was appointed as manager and the best thing we can say about the Dane is that he was out of his depth at Elland Road.
He couldn’t get Klich playing and the midfielder was sent out on loan to FC Utrecht for a six-month loan.
Luckily for Klich, when he got back to Leeds Marcelo Bielsa was the manager and he quickly saw the potential of the player.
Klich embarked on an incredible run that saw him play every single Championship game in the 18/19 season and the 19/20 Championship-winning season (bar the post-celebration match against Derby). He’s also a regular again in the Poland side.
Leeds know how important he is to the club but Bielsa’s revelation proves that he could be the biggest bargain that Victor Orta has uncovered at Leeds.
He would sell for at least ten times what Leeds paid for him now but Whites fans won’t want to see him leave.
He’s Leeds through and through.
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