By Sean Fisher

16th Dec, 2022 | 7:40am

Tony Dorigo begs Leeds United to sign Mateusz Klich replacement with exit looming

Mateusz Klich is inching closer to leaving Leeds United in January and Tony Dorigo believes the club must find a replacement immediately.

Missing out on Poland’s World Cup campaign was seemingly the last straw for Klich at Elland Road, with the 32-year-old looking extremely likely to leave the club after five years of service.

MLSsoccer reported last week that Wayne Rooney’s DC United were in “advanced talks” with Klich over a permanent January move, and it only seems a matter of time until he seals the deal.

Ex-Leeds United player Dorigo completely understands Klich’s decision to leave amid his lack of playing time, and warned the club that a player of Klich’s calibre needs to be replaced immediately.

“I think it’s difficult because you look at the age he is, he obviously wants to be playing. I’ve been towards the back end of your career and you just want to keep playing as long as you can and that means games, not sitting on the bench,” BT Sport pundit Dorigo told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He has been patient, but he hasn’t played very much at all.”

“He can and does produce telling contributions when asked to, but you can see why he would like to go.

“From a Leeds point of view we’re a little thin on the ground in that midfield area and clearly one or two players can play those positions, yet to have someone like Mateusz Klich to come off the bench I think is important. So I certainly think if he is allowed to go, there has to be a replacement for that position.”

Signing needed

Dorigo is right – Klich’s departure leaves Leeds extremely thin in midfield and him leaving should push the club into signing a January replacement.

Klich tumbled down Jesse Marsch’s pecking order at Elland Road this season, with new signings Tyler Adams and Marc Roca his two favoured central midfielders.

That duo were extremely reliable and consistent in the first half of the season, but it’s crucial that Marsch does have other options in case of injury or poor form.

Adam Forshaw’s injury issues raise question marks over his availability and so Leeds need to gather some funds for a midfielder in January.

Depth – and especially quality depth – is a crucial part of a Premier League squad and at the moment Leeds are hugely lacking in that area.

Marsch’s signings during his short time at the club have been superb and the board should back him to bring another midfielder into the dressing room over January.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have grown worried about their Matheus Cunha pursuit, with Chelsea reportedly ready to swoop