By George Overhill

6th Aug, 2022 | 7:00am

Leeds United fan favourite Mateusz Klich could leave amid FC Utrecht interest - Phil Hay

Mateusz Klich could be heading towards an exit from Leeds United as he becomes “more and more peripheral”, says Phil Hay.

The Polish international has been a key figure at Elland Road over the last four seasons, and was a major part of the revolution under Marcelo Bielsa that took the club back to the Premier League.

But since the Argentine was sacked and replaced with Jesse Marsch the 32-year-old midfielder has become less important, and now a move is becoming increasingly likely with the Qatar World Cup on the horizon.

Speaking on The Phil Hay Show on Friday (5 August, 1.02.00) the Athletic journalist said: “He isn’t at the forefront of the players who are going to start I don’t think at all.

“The World Cup is coming up. He wants to go with Poland. And also he’s at an age where he needs to get as much football as he can.

“There’s a bit of talk in Holland about Utrecht being interested. They’re obviously a club he’s played for before. I would keep an eye on that one.”

On Marsch’s perspective he felt that it was similar to what his Raphinha stance was, suggesting the manager feels: “I don’t want to lose him, but I’m fairly realistic that it might happen.”

He summed up the situation with the view: “Ultimately it does feel like he’s becoming more and more peripheral.”

End of an era

Many will be sad to see him go as Klich is a relatable figure who is popular among the supporters, but if he is no longer set for significant playing time it might be inevitable.

Since the change in manager he is the player who it has been suggested would fall foul of the switch more than any other.

Despite the sale of star teammate Kalvin Phillips it doesn’t look like he is due to be a regular starter, with new signings Tyler Adams and Marc Roca brought in to fill the two deep central roles.

It would probably make sense to keep him as a reliable option off the bench if possible, because Adam Forshaw’s injury luck is in the same bracket as Patrick Bamford’s, unless another new arrival could be found to replace him.

Whether the player would be happy with that however looks doubtful and if specific clubs are now sniffing around it feels like it might only be a matter of time.

If he is going to leave it could well be towards deadline day, if the opening matches of the season look like showing the writing on the wall.

If he doesn’t feature much and a club like FC Utrecht came in for him towards the close of the window it is very believable to think that he would ask to go.

As Hay says, it is one to keep an eye on.

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