Mateusz Klich has said he “can’t believe” what’s happened to him at Leeds United after he was bombed out of the club on loan by former manager Thomas Christiansen.
He could have been forgiven for thinking his Leeds career was over when he was sent out on loan just months after arriving from FC Twente in a £1.5m deal in July 2017.
Klich spent half a season on loan at Utrecht before Marcelo Bielsa arrived and transformed his career.
Klich never gave up and Leeds fans can be thankful for that.
He told Victor Orta he’d be back after he was shipped out of Leeds but he’s surpassed his own expectations since Bielsa took over.
He’s now made 80 consecutive Leeds starts in the Championship – that’s every league game since Bielsa took over – as well as two in the Championship play-offs.
Talking on the new episode of the Inside Elland Road podcast, Graham Smyth revealed that Klich has found this hard to take in.
“He can’t quite believe it himself,” Smyth said. “He said about saying to his agent, ‘I can’t believe I’ve played 80 games’.
“He never thought he‘d be able to play that many games. But it’s not just playing 80 games in a row it’s playing 80 games for Marcelo Bielsa, as well as all those murderball sessions. That’s a remarkable feat.
“He’s always there, he’s always running. He’s always there and he’s always on the move and that was so evident on Saturday [against Reading]. He’s the perfect Bielsa player.”
Leeds suffered from a string of injuries last season but Klich was the ever-present.
He scored 10 goals and added eight assists across the 46 games in the 18/19 season and that’s the only criticism for this season.
Leeds have struggled to score and Klich has only managed three goals and two assists 34 games so far in the 19/20 season.
That’s by no means a problem peculiar to him though. Only Patrick Bamford has hit double figures this season and he’s only got 12.
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