Paul Robinson: Klich not guaranteed spot in Leeds United starting XI next season
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Paul Robinson struggles to see Mateusz Klich being a key player for Leeds United next season with the Whites reportedly pursuing a new central midfielder.
Klich, 31, was instrumental in the Championship for Marcelo Bielsa, starting in all but one of the second-tier matches when the Argentine was in charge.
However, the Poland international struggled during spells in his debut season in the Premier League last time out and started just three of the last 11 fixtures.
It has been widely reported the Whites are trying to sign central midfield reinforcements with Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher being a target until he opted to join Crystal Palace [Daily Mail].
Spanish news outlet El Gol Digital has also reported the Yorkshire giants are prepared to go big and sign £20.4million-rated Manchester City and Venezuela midfielder Yangel Herrera.
If a new addition is brought in, Robinson expects to see Klich in the squad but he’s not so sure he’s a nailed-on starter anymore.
“I think Klich has a part to play depending on the signings and who comes in. It’ll be interesting to see,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He didn’t play a lot of football last season but when he came on he did a bit-part but if he started games, he rarely finished them – although I don’t know the statistics.
“He can have an impact off the bench with his creativity. I think he’s a good player to have in your squad but the way the additions are coming and the strength of the squad they’re wanting, he’s not going to be someone who’s guaranteed a starting place and he’s not going to play a lot of football from the start next season.
“He’s a top player but I think the way Leeds are going, there are players who would start ahead of him.
“If he wants guaranteed football, I don’t think anyone’s going to get that at Elland Road next season apart from Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.”
In other Leeds United news, everything indicates the Whites are set to sign this international midfielder.