By Saikat Mandal

11th Nov, 2022 | 2:40pm

Phil Hay reacts as Leeds United player Mateusz Klich left out of Poland World Cup squad

Phil Hay has suggested that Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich may have missed his last chance to play in the World Cup after he was not picked in the Poland squad.

On Thursday (10 November), Poland have named their squad for the World Cup, and the 32-year-old midfielder won’t be joining the team in Qatar.

Considering his age, and his rapid decline, it’s fair to assume that he won’t be around for selection in the national team for the next World Cup as well.

Hay wrote on Twitter: “Robin Koch left out by Germany – you’d like to think his chance will come again. But no Mateusz Klich in the Poland squad, which is very much a last World Cup opportunity gone sadly.”

Inevitable

Klich was one of the key players in the Leeds side under Marcelo Bielsa. He forged a strong partnership with Kalvin Phillips at the heart of midfield under the Argentine. 

However, his impact on the side waned gradually since last season, and there was a considerable drop in form. In fact, during the summer window, there were even suggestions that Jesse Marsch could look to offload him. 

Klich brings with him a wealth of experience, and he can still be a valuable member of the side, but for how long remains to be seen. 

This season, the Polish midfielder is yet to start a Premier League game and has only managed 11 substitute appearances in the league, clocking over just 185 minutes. 

He has scored two goals in the Carabao Cup this season, but clearly, Marsch doesn’t see him as a starter for his side in the Premier League anymore.

In reality, Klich has dropped down the pecking order at the club, and probably he needs to move away from Elland Road to resurrect his career. 

Nevertheless, he can work hard in training with Marsch during the World Cup break, and focus on the finer details that the manager wants from him. 

In other Leeds United news, a European club has confirmed they’ll be doing an official farewell for a player who’s been signed by the Whites.