Under-23s midfielder Mateusz Bogusz sought advice from Mateusz Klich before he joined Leeds United in January 2019.

Bogusz, 18, joined the Whites from Ruch Chorzow last year after impressing in Poland’s first and second-tiers despite his tender age.

The central midfielder has since been a mainstay of Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s side and has also made his mark in the first-team too with Marcelo Bielsa handing him his senior debut for Leeds in August when they lost to Stoke in the Carabao Cup.

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It seems that Bogusz had a good idea about what it would be like to be a part of a team managed by Bielsa as the 18-year-old spoke to fellow Polish midfielder Klich before he moved to West Yorkshire.

“Klich told me from the beginning that training with Bielsa, I will never train like it in my life again,” Bogusz told Weszlo. “If you saw such training, you could really be slightly surprised. Everything is based on match situations, total subordination to the next opponent. 

“We, the reserves, and those who catch the bench from time to time, always play with the first team 11 versus 11. We position ourselves like the opponent we play on the weekend. There is always such a game 3-4 days before the match.”

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It was quite a big decision from Bogusz to leave Poland at the age of just 17 to head to England and sign for Leeds.

However it would have been made a lot easier thanks to the small contingent of Polish players already on the books at Elland Road with Klich and goalkeeper Kamil Miazek likely making it easier to settle in for Bogusz.

From what we have seen from Bogusz so far, he’s a good young midfielder with plenty of potential and the fact he’s already been called up to the senior squad by Bielsa bodes well for him in the future.

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