Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Mateusz Klich is having a really rough run of form for Leeds United and that it is “very hard to watch him” at the moment.
Klich was an absolute mainstay for Leeds in the Championship and the first half of the current Premier League season.
Klich himself has said that he’s suffering from overload and Hay claims that he needs a “reset” and that time on the bench will be good for him.
Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, Hay said, “There’s been a fair few of us who think his form has dropped off since the new year.
“He’s looked a bit jaded, I think he’s looked a bit flat, off colour, it’s been very hard to watch him.
“He’s had this hip injury which he’s tried to play through and particularly against Arsenal, started when he shouldn’t have because Kalvin Phillips was missing.
“But, when you watch him at the moment it’s hard not to see a player who has had 100+ starts back-to-back in a really short period of time.
“When you look at Bielsa’s tally of games as manager and Klich’s tally of starts in the same time period, it’s almost identical.
“And he is 30 and that’s when aches and pains start to bother you more. He said he’s been trying to rest more… and it does feel like he could do with a bit of a rest.”
Leeds needs more bodies in midfield
It’s impossible to talk about Leeds mainstays without talking about Klich.
In the Championship, he started every game for Leeds bar the ‘hangover’ game against Derby after the Championship had been won.
This season, he’s started all but four games but has come off the bench for the last two.
It’s a pretty incredible record given Marcelo Bielsa’s much talked about high-intensity style of play.
Leeds are light in midfield and Stuart Dallas has been played there more than at left-back recently.
However, Adam Forshaw made a shock return to training last week and he would be able to take a lot of the weight off Klich’s shoulders when he’s back.
Realistically, that’s not going to be as a regular starter until next season but a successful return for Forshaw could save Leeds a lot of money in the summer window.
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