Leeds United have a potential major headache facing them ahead of the Premier League clash against West Ham on Monday.
Marcelo Bielsa has numerous problem areas, with his midfield at Elland Road starting to become the worst of those as someone new drops each week.
Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton were joined by Pascal Struijk against Aston Villa, and all three could miss the trip to the London Stadium.
Mateusz Klich is the last-man-standing at Elland Road, but he has been playing with his own injury, something that is causing the Whites huge problems.
The Polish international picked up a hip problem before the 4-2 defeat against Arsenal and hasn’t been given the time to recover as it stands.
This nine-day break between the Villa defeat and the West Ham game is critical.
Klich must be given the days off to recover to a suitable level so he can either fill that holding role or return to his dynamic self in the middle of the park.
Klich hasn’t been himself at all recently, and this injury is certainly the reason behind it.
The 30-year-old has been dragged off in three of the past four games and hasn’t secured a match rating of over 6.25 on WhoScored.
Playing in that holding role, you have to be alert, and the fact that Klich has been dribbled past seven times in his past two outings, as well as making three fouls, he is lagging behind opposing players.
His heatmap against Villa was simply shocking.
This highlights that he isn’t moving anywhere near as freely as he would like in midfield, and should he return to full fitness, we expect that to change against West Ham.
David Moyes has created a different animal at the Irons this season, and Klich must use this week to get back his best, physically and mentally.
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