By Sam Stone

17th Nov, 2022 | 7:40am

Mateusz Klich 'hurt' at Leeds United as Elland Road exit increasingly on the cards in January

Mateusz Klich is “likely” to depart Leeds United in January with the midfielder currently down the pecking order at Elland Road, according to TEAMtalk’s Graeme Bailey.

Klich has found starts hard to come by under Jesse Marsch, with the midfielder featuring predominantly as a substitute in the 2022/23 season.

The 32-year-old has recently missed out on Poland’s World Cup squad and Bailey now believes the midfielder won’t be at Leeds for much longer.

“Mateusz Klich is a likely January departure – he is clearly down the pecking order at Leeds and that has cost him his place in Poland’s World Cup squad, that is going to hurt,” said Bailey (TEAMtalk, 16 November).

“I really don’t see him hanging around at Elland Road too much longer.”

Make sense

As much as it will hurt Leeds fans, it does make sense for the midfielder to move on in January. Having a 32-year-old playing a bit-part substitute role for Leeds just doesn’t make sense. The odd 20-minute cameo should potentially be filled by a younger player looking to develop at the club.

His contract at Leeds comes to a close in the summer of 2024, and as Bailey has mentioned, it’s now unlikely that he will want to spend the latter stages of his career on the bench. Potentially moving back to his native Poland will be the best move for Klich.

With Adam Forshaw and Luke Ayling potentially coming to the end of their Elland Road journeys as well, there is a good chance we could see a large squad overhaul in the summer. Marsch has made some really promising signings, however, there are clearly areas of this squad which need dramatic improvement.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from last week, making a January transfer imperative.