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Mateusz Klich “100%” coming back to Leeds

Midfielder says that he has “unfinished business” at Elland Road

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Mateusz Klich has said that he will be returning to Leeds United after telling Dutch paper AD that he has “unfinished business” at Leeds.

Klich was one of the first recruits to Leeds last season, but he got injured during preseason and failed to make an impression, head coach leading Thomas Christiansen to leave him out of most of the early matches, instead relying on the pairing of Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips.

Klich made few appearances in the lineup in the autumn, with the highlight of his short Leeds career being the victory in the League Cup over Burnley. Klich was one of the better players on the day, leading many to wonder why he had made so few appearances up to that point.

Klich was handed the start against Cardiff City following his good showing against Burnley, but he didn’t have quite the same impact on the game, and a highly visible turnover lead directly to a Cardiff goal. He was dropped after that, and failed to even make the bench for most of his time at Leeds, with even young Conor Shaughnessy, who had seemed to make the transition from central midfielder to central defender, getting playing time ahead of him in midfield.

Klich was rumoured to be off in January, and his last appearance at the club was the ill-fated match against Newport County in the FA Cup, where the entire team looked awful & as if they had never played organized, much less professional, football before. Klich’s loan to FC Utrecht was confirmed not long after.

Klich has been brilliant in the Eredivisie, leading many fans to pine for him back at Elland Road and given a proper chance to win a midfield spot. And who knows, it sounds like he wants to come back to prove a point. And honestly, playing with a chip on your shoulder can often be a great motivator.

It sounds like Klich will be returning to Leeds, so will be like a new signing? And will he be utilized in a 4-3-3, a formation that might play more to the strengths of the club? Time will tell.