By Pranav Shahaney

10th May, 2021 | 11:47am

Noel Whelan hails Mateusz Klich redemption

BBC pundit Noel Whelan has hailed Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich for proving his doubters wrong after an impressive display against Tottenham Hotspur, and said he should be played more.

December was the last time Klich registered a goal or an assist, and since then his performances have not been as good as they were at the start of the season or in the Championship.

This led to Marcelo Bielsa dropping him from the starting eleven, and the game against Tottenham was the first time since February when he’s played 90 minutes of a game, being subbed off right at the stroke of injury time.

He justified Bielsa’s faith in him on Saturday with a good performance from midfield, enjoying a pass accuracy north of 80 percent and making two key passes. [SofaScore]

Whelan rightly so praised his performances on BBC Radio Leeds, but also punched back at the fans who were happy to see Klich being dropped.

He said, “That was more like him. The freedom, the running, the work-rate, the tenacity in midfield, the quality, the link-up play. He had a little bit more belief and confidence in his ability today and you could see that out there on the field.

“And that’s the sort of midfield player that we want. People have actually been quite happy with him sitting on the bench. And that’s a problem.

“When he puts in that sort of performance, then we start changing our mind. Right, now he’s back to what he should be, maybe we should playing him more often.”

Back to his old self

Klich was one of our most important players last season, especially for his work off the ball.

He would often stretch defences by making runs beyond our attacking players and was also a prolific presser, chasing down opposition players to stop them from getting into our defensive third.

However, after that, his form took a hit, and there were doubts about whether or not we would see the best of him again.

But, just like he did in the past, he looks like he’s on his way to redeeming himself again and fighting for a spot in the first team.

We’re very likely to sign another midfielder in the summer, so it will be interesting to see whether Klich can maintain a strong finish to the season to remind Bielsa that he should be first on the team sheet.

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