Mateusz Klich has paid a glowing tribute to Marcelo Bielsa for resurrecting his Leeds United career after a slow start threatened to derail his dream move.

The Poland international joined the Whites at the start of the 2017/18 season after impressing for FC Twente in the Eredivisie but found life difficult at first, making just four Championship appearances in his maiden campaign.

Midway through that season he was granted a loan move back to Dutch football with FC Utrecht and it looked like his career at Elland Road was over before it had even started.

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However the arrival of Bielsa changed all that and Klich has gone on to become a talismanic figure in the Leeds midfield, missing just one league game out of a possible 113 and in an interview with the Daily Mail expressed his gratitude at the Argentine, saying: “The first season wasn’t great, but then Marcelo Bielsa came in as manager and the rest is history.”

He added: “We seem like we can play to 150 per cent of our capacity (because of Bielsa), because we have all played the best football in our lives and we are all in the best physical condition.”

The Whites keep on marching and look like progressing every season, with a play-off run followed by a Championship conquering season last campaign and they now look well placed for a top ten Premier League finish, sitting just two points away from 10th placed Arsenal.

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Made the step-up with ease

Klich might have endured somewhat of a dip in form of late but he has still shown enough to prove he is Premier League class now.

Eight goal involvements in 21 games, comprising of five assists and three goals, is an impressive return and marks him as one of the biggest midfield attacking threats in the league.

He does his fair share of duties tracking back as well, as one would expect from all players in a Bielsa side.

According to Wyscout Klich competes in 9.12 defensive duels per 90 which ranks him 21st in the Premier League.

With Rodrigo’s recent injury further diminishing Leeds’ midfield options he will be required to step up and show his seniority in the side, starting with the Elland Road clash with Crystal Palace on Monday, where two teams deadlocked on points will meet.

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