By Sam Stone

6th Jan, 2023 | 5:10pm

Phil Hay suggests 'advanced midfielder' could sign for Leeds United after Elland Road twist

The Athletic’s Phil Hay thinks it would “make sense” for Leeds United to sign another attacking midfielder after the departure of Mateusz Klich.

The Whites confirmed (4 January) they have agreed to end the 32-year-old’s contract as Klich closes in on a move to the MLS.

It’s believed Jesse Marsch was eager to keep Klich in West Yorkshire and Hay has suggested the club could look to replace the attacking midfielder if the option becomes available.

“I think it would be a good idea. There’s a lot of youth in this squad and a lot of unproven players and that’s not necessarily a problem,” said The Athletic journalist (Phil Hay Show, 39m, 07s).

“I think if the option was there to add another more advanced midfielder in the Klich mould and presumably closer to what Marsch wants then it would make sense.”

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From a footballing perspective, there’s obviously been a reluctance to let Klich depart the club, however, on a human level he simply had to be allowed to leave Elland Road.

He wasn’t being utilised in the way he and the fans would’ve wanted, and considering the immense service he’s given to Leeds, it feels only right for the board to sanction his move to the MLS. The Leeds head coach will be hoping he will be given the funds to replace the 32-year-old with another forward-thinking option in midfield.

Despite mainly being used as a substitute, Klich’s impact was still felt on the pitch and he will be hard to replace. Marsch probably has other transfer priorities at the moment, with a striker being his next area to focus on.

New signing Max Wober is likely going to cover the left-back position with Junior Firpo seemingly surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson believes one Leeds player should have been sent off in the draw to West Ham.