By Liam Thomas

5th Jan, 2023 | 7:40pm

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich fell victim to relentless demands of Premier League

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich may have fallen victim to the relentless demands and standards of the Premier League, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.

Klich’s Leeds United departure was announced on 4 January with the maestro opting for a move to the MLS to play for Wayne Rooney’s DC United.

Smyth confessed that the Premier League wasn’t as fruitful for Klich as the Championship and this may have been the ultimate reason for his switch.

“The Premier League wasn’t as kind to him as the Championship, because as we’re incessantly reminded it’s the best league in the world and countless players, superstars even, have fallen victim to its relentless demands and standards,” said Smyth as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Hero.

Klich will be fondly remembered on the terraces of Elland Road over the coming years after playing a massive role in the club’s return to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa.

Nevertheless, the Pole has slowly but surely slipped down the Whites midfield ranks since the Argentine left the club and seems to be surplus to requirements for Jesse Marsch.

Regular first-team football is what Klich craves and unfortunately the American isn’t able to offer him this as a guarantee week in and week out.

Klich will likely become one of the best players now in the MLS, as he’s more than capable of doing a job for a Premier League side still and this should make him a mainstay.

His departure may set the tone for what is likely to come in the next few seasons, with more top talents from the Bielsa era leaving the team for new adventures.

The end of an era? It’s certainly starting to look that way, but with luck, those talents will get the rapturous send-offs they deserve when their time comes.

In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta could make moves to sign this MLS defender in either the summer or January and it won’t break the bank.