By George Overhill

12th Sep, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich backed on exit decision after Monday development

Mateusz Klich’s decision not to leave Leeds United before the end of the transfer window has been “justified” after his inclusion in the latest Poland squad, says Graham Smyth.

The 32-year-old Whites man looked close to leaving the club during the preseason as the arrivals of three midfielders in the transfer window had bumped him down the pecking order.

Once a key player under Marcelo Bielsa it appeared Klich was not set for anything close to the same status under Jesse Marsch and was worried about his chances of making it to the World Cup without enough involvement.

Phil Hay had tipped a potential exit as one to “keep an eye on” with the player becoming “more and more peripheral” on his 5 August podcast, but a week later after a strong showing off the bench in the win over Wolves on the opening weekend (6 August) his agent confirmed he was ready to stay.

Now, with Poland boss Czesław Michniewicz including the United player in his most recent squad on Monday (12 September) the arrangement between Klich and Marsch on his playing time has apparently been backed.

Smyth writes in his latest Yorkshire Evening Post story that the fan-favourite has “received encouraging justification for his decision to stay”.

Inclusion

With Klich seeing some minutes in every Premier League game so far it is clear that he is not out of his manager’s thoughts.

It was notable that he was the first option off the bench in that first win over Wolves, but since then two of the appearances have been for just a few minutes right before the end of the game.

It has likely helped that he featured for the whole of the Carabao Cup win over Barnsley and scored twice in the process to demonstrate his involvement cearly, but as the season goes on games of that sort will become thin on the ground.

As long as Michniewicz rates him as an option then it’s likely some involvement to keep match fitness up will be enough to satisfy him.

But if Klich wants to be heavily involved for his national team at the World Cup in the winter he will still probably need to feature more prominently for his club side, as currently he runs the risk of a younger option playing more regularly elsewhere to jump ahead of him.

On the whole though it is a positive development over the opening weeks of the season that the marriage between the club and a player who has been very important over the past few years is continuing, when it looked like it might already be over during the summer.

Tyler Adams’ fast adaptation has necessarily meant that he has locked up one of the deeper positions, while Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo’s strong form has blocked out the number 10 role between them, so it is likely Marc Roca who would be Klich’s target if he is looking to displace someone and get some starts.

In other Leeds United news, at $800million the club are ranked inside the top 20 most valuable football teams in the world.