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Leeds United send Mateusz Klich on loan to FC Utrecht

Former FC Twente midfielder goes back to the Eredivisie

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Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has joined FC Utrecht on loan for the rest of the season.

Per the club’s official website:

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has joined Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on a six month loan deal.

Polish international Klich, who joined The Whites this summer from FC Twente, made 10 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring a penalty in the shoot out with Burnley in the Carabao Cup Third Round.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Klich had seemed to be not in the plans of head coach Thomas Christiansen after failing to appear on a regular basis outside of cup competitions for Leeds.

The signing for Adam Forshaw last week pretty much confirmed that Klich would be on his way soon. Conor Shaughnessy, who has spent most of this season as a central defender, was preferred to Klich in midfield and with the arrival of an experienced Championship midfielder in Forshaw meant that there would be very little room in the lineup or on the bench for Klich.

Klich was hurt in preseason and seemed to never really gel in the central midfield position while Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane, and Ronaldo Vieira all seemed to take their chances well and hold onto their positions in the starting XI. Klich played well against Burnley, as Leeds upset the Premier League side in the League Cup, but he made a rather poor mistake on the ball in the next match against Cardiff City which directly lead to a goal being scored by Cardiff.

Klich goes back to the Netherlands on loan, and while he’s still signed for a decent amount of years, he probably won’t be making his way back to Elland Road anytime soon. Expect a permanent deal to be made with FC Utrecht or another Eredivisie side in the summer transfer window.