By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

5th Jan, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United told to keep Mateusz Klich by pundit amid exit speculation

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Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to keep hold of Mateusz Klich despite a report saying he could leave Elland Road this month.

Writing on the Mirror website on 1 January, journalist David Anderson reported that Klich, 31, “is on his way out of Elland Road”.

It is understood that Marcelo Bielsa wants to keep hold of the Poland international, as well as the rest of his senior players, and Robinson is hoping for the same too as he doesn’t feel as though he’s replaceable in the January transfer window.

“I thought he played well [versus Burnley on Sunday]. I was impressed with his energy levels and the running that he did towards the end of the game,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“Klich has been in and out of the side for the last 12 months or so but I don’t think Leeds can afford to do any business like that in January.

When you look at how thin the squad is, if you lose players like Klich then you have to upgrade them.

There’s no point in letting a player go unless you get a better player in and I think they’ll struggle with that because Leeds have to integrate players into the side.

We know Marcelo Bielsa likes to have three or four weeks with a player on the training ground first so whoever comes in has got to hit the ground running.

To let a player of Klich’s quality go, there’s a lot to take into consideration about how and who you replace him with.

Klich has played 14 times in the Premier League for Leeds this season, scoring one goal.

He assisted one of the three goals in Leeds’ 3-1 win over Burnley at Elland Road on Sunday in what was arguably one of his best performances of the campaign.

Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton are currently injured.

In other Leeds United news, a non-league club has mocked Aston Villa over their interest in Kalvin Phillips.