By Sam Stone

23rd Dec, 2022 | 12:10pm

Phil Hay suggests Leeds United won't be able to trick Mateusz Klich again as 'good offer' made

Phil Hay has suggested that Leeds United will find it hard to convince Mateusz Klich to stay at Elland Road with DC United looking to sign the 32-year-old.

MLS Soccer revealed (22 December) that Klich has verbally agreed terms with the MLS side as he looks for more game time away from West Yorkshire.

The Whites convinced Klich to stay in the summer, however, The Athletic journalist believes it will be much harder to keep him this time round.

Talking on the latest edition of the Phil Hay Show (16m 30s, 23 December), Hay said: “They’re fairly keen, DC United, it’s a good offer as well.

“I think it would be a fairly long contract which would take him into his mid-30s. I think it will be much harder this time round to do what they did in the summer and say ‘look you will be involved’ and I suspect it will be tricky for Klich to say no to a serious offer from the MLS.

“On the flip side of that, Marsch did talk about the need to be selfish as a club and I still have my doubts that Leeds are so blessed with players, that Klich is someone they can afford to lose.”

Right time

Jesse Marsch may well be eager to keep the midfielder at the club for the remainder of the season, but the American also needs to consider Klich’s ambitions. He’s featured almost solely as a substitute in the 2022/23 campaign and the 32-year-old will want to be a regular starter as his career enters its latter stages.

As we head through January, there’s a good chance Leeds could be more open to letting him depart. Players can become available quickly, and that could allow for the Whites to line up a replacement. As much as the club’s best needs always need to come first, it seems unfair to ask Klich to feature for 15 minutes in each Premier League fixture.

Whatever happens regarding Klich, he will go down as a fan-favourite amongst the Elland Road faithful, particularly for the role he played in getting Leeds back into the top flight.

If this is the end of the road for the midfielder, let’s hope the club allow him to fulfil his wishes, instead of holding onto him as a bit-part player.

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