By Sam Stone

23rd Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Jesse Marsch wants to derail Mateusz Klich exit from Leeds United with DC United deal all but done

Jesse Marsch is eager to “scupper” Mateusz Klich’s move from Leeds United to Wayne Rooney’s DC United, according to The Mirror.

MLS Soccer revealed (22 December) that the 32-year-old has verbally agreed a deal with the MLS side, with a move close to being completed.

However, The Mirror suggest (23 Dec, page 52) Marsch understands Klich’s situation but the American is also considering Leeds’ best interests.

“We’re cautious about thinking it might be time for him to leave. He’s played 25 of the 28 games since I’ve been here, said Marsch (quoted by The Mirror, 23 December, page 52).

Needs minutes

Unfortunately, Marsch’s comments don’t quite add up considering the majority of his Premier League minutes have come from the substitutes bench in the 2022/23 season. The 32-year-old will want to be playing from the start at this point in his career.

The Leeds boss clearly wants to use Klich sparingly when he needs him as a substitute, late on in games, which is good for his side, but not for the player. If the American fails to sanction a move for the midfielder, he could end up having an unhappy player in his squad.

Marsch will potentially be more inclined to let him leave when he has a replacement lined up in January. Things can move fast in the window and players can become available in the blink of an eye.

He’s been a tremendous servant for the club, and at this stage in his career, he deserves to be playing regular first-team football.

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