By Sam Stone

15th Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Marcelo Bielsa-esque fate in store for Mateusz Klich at Leeds United with the end near

Mateusz Klich could leave Leeds United in a similar manner to Marcelo Bielsa as the Poland international edges closer to the Elland Road exit, according to Graham Smyth.

The Washington Post’s Steven Goff revealed (via Twitter, 14 December) that Klich is in talks with DC United over a potential move to the MLS side, with a two-year contract on the table.

Smyth has suggested that if Klich does depart Elland Road in January, he must be given a “proper” send-off, unlike Bielsa’s goodbye to the club.

“It goes without saying that Marcelo Bielsa’s goodbye was as improper as could be, given his impact on the club,” wrote the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist (YEP, 15 December).

“So it would be a shame if a similar fate was in store for Mateusz Klich, a man who made himself so at home at Elland Road that they let him paint the walls.”


Considering Klich’s lack of gametime for Leeds United, a move to the MLS does make sense. He’s 32, and it’s unlikely he will be willing to spend the latter stages of his career sat on the bench. DC United would be an exciting proposition for him and his family, and would certainly guarantee the Poland international more minutes.

Missing out on the World Cup squad was a big blow for Klich. Had he been playing regular football, there would’ve been every chance of the midfielder featuring in Qatar.

In hindsight, a move in the summer of 2022 would’ve made more sense for Leeds and Klich. Jesse Marsch has revitalised Leeds’ midfield with Tyler Adams and Marc Roca, and it’s abundantly clear what the American wants from his players.

If the 32-year-old does depart it could well allow for the American to add another midfielder to his ranks, with Birmingham City sensation George Hall a prime target for Marsch (TEAMtalk, 13 December).

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