Sky Sports journalist: 'Unexpected drama' in Mateusz Klich twist at Leeds United, pundit reacts live on air
Jay Bothroyd paid tribute to a “tremendous” servant for Leeds United in Mateusz Klich after the midfielder was given a guard of honour at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
Klich, 32, looks to have played his final match for Leeds with a deal seemingly all but done for him to join MLS outfit DC United [Tom Bogert, 4 January].
Ex-England and Cardiff striker Bothroyd admits it’s unfortunate he wasn’t on the winning side in his final game as Leeds drew 2-2 with Elland Road.
However, the Sky Sports pundit was full of praise for the Poland international, with Sky Sports hosts Nick Powell and Julian Warren adding a bit more information on his move to the USA.
Before going to Bothroyd to talk about Klich’s goodbye, Powell called it “unexpected drama after the final whistle”.
Bothroyd, speaking on Sky Sports News on Wednesday night (4 January, 09:49pm), said: “Klich’s in tears, he’s been linked with leaving and he’s been around the stadium clapping all the Leeds fans.
“Marsch has gone up to him and given him big cuddles, he’s walked off the pitch with a guard of honour.
“It was very unfortunate they couldn’t get a win but he’s been a tremendous player for Leeds and he put in a really good performance tonight.”
Powell then said: “There’s the guard of honour and the word is that he’s going off to the States.”
Warren then added: “Yes, there’s talk of a possible move to MLS [club] DC United.
“I think this is a pretty clear indication that his time at Leeds is over and they’re all wearing Klich t-shirts – even Jesse Marsch put one over his top.”
Thank you, Mateusz
It was quite hard to see Klich so upset after the final whistle against Brighton.
We knew that his final game for the club was coming any time now but to see it actually happen was quite sad.
Klich has been an amazing servant for Leeds and is one of the final promotion-winning players to be saying his goodbyes to the Elland Road club.
The ex-Twente ace was instrumental for Marcelo Bielsa, playing more times for the Argentine than anyone else had done in his illustrious managerial career.
It’s no surprise. Klich just didn’t have an off switch.
Jesse Marsch has failed to see the same value in the Poland international, which is a massive shame because it’s not only hampered Leeds a bit but it also cost him of a spot in the World Cup squad in Qatar.
It’s pretty unforgivable that.
Marsch needs to find a replacement for Klich.
While he hasn’t started him in the Premier League this season, he’s still made 14 appearances off the bench and played to great effect in the 2-2 draw with West Ham on Wednesday.
We’ll miss Klich but now’s the time to find an upgrade.
We just doubt that the club will bother doing that.
In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta could make moves to sign this MLS defender in either the summer or January and it won’t break the bank.