MOT View: Player dazzles for Leeds but fails to shine as bright in int'l victory
Mateusz Klich has been one of the best players Leeds United have this season with the ever-present midfielder dazzling for the Whites in the Premier League.
The 30-year-old has started all eight league matches since Leeds’ promotion, scoring two goals and assisting three in the process.
According to stats by WyScout, Klich also ranks second in the Premier League for the number of defensive duels he’s been involved in , showing that he’s capable of having an influence when Leeds are both in and out of possession.
There’s no doubt that the ex-Twente man has stood out at Elland Road but during his return to international duty with Poland on Wednesday night, the midfielder failed to shine as brightly.
Poland won 2-0 against their Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine in a friendly game with Klich playing all 90 minutes.
And even though Poland won and he played in the same position as he usually plays for Leeds, Klich didn’t have anywhere near as much of an influence.
In the images below, you can see the passes that Klich made both against Ukraine and in the recent 4-1 defeat to Leicester [WyScout].
Klich made 99 total actions against Ukraine and 117 against Leicester so there isn’t much of a difference in his overall influence on a game.
However, for Poland this week, only 49 per cent of his actions were completed while against Leicester, it was 82 per cent.
It wasn’t just Klich’s passing that wasn’t at it’s best versus Ukraine with stats by WyScout showing he didn’t have any shots, failed to complete his two dribbles, didn’t make any progressive runs and won just one of his 10 offensive duels.
Defensively, Klich did a bit better by completing five interceptions and eight recoveries but it just wasn’t the Klich that we’re used to seeing at Elland Road.
We think there is one major reason why Klich didn’t do as well for Poland and that is the fact that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t manage the European international team.
Bielsa has managed to get the best out of Klich in his two and a half years at Leeds and is repeatedly dubbed as one of the best coaches in the world.
Klich’s performances for Poland don’t concern us too much because there’s no doubt that he’ll return to Elland Road next week and continue playing the way he did before he left.
Just please, Mateusz. Don’t get injured.
In other Leeds United news, fans are delighted by this transfer update ahead of January.