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Leeds Season (so far) ratings: Mateusz Klich

Bielsa’s go to man in midfield who has started every league game this season.

Middlesbrough v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Poland international Mateusz Klich has gone from outsider out on loan FC Utrecht in Holland, to playing an unbelievable 85 consecutive league games under Marcelo Bielsa.

This season has not been quite as productive as last season in terms of goals and assists but Klich has been consistently good all season - and it is to his credit that he was one of Leeds better performers during the poor run of form which Leeds United had in late January and early February.

His movement is excellent, in particular his movement in behind in the right and left channels which often allow him to get in behind. He also runs himself into the ground, to the extent that sometimes he can look a bit leggy in the final 15 minutes - but this isn’t really a criticism.

I still prefer him when he plays as the less attacking of the two “number 8s” but he is very capable in either role, and can even play as the holding midfielder if absolutely necessary. His tally of five goals and four assists is fine but he would probably have hoped for more before the season started.

BEST PERFORMANCE

Middlesbrough (H) - Was always going to be this game. All the usual endeavour with good passing and tackling, but on this occasion topped off with two goals. His second was a goal of the season contender but has since been surpassed by a couple of other goals.

WORST PERFORMANCE

Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Leeds were poor in this game but Klich looked particularly weary and off the pace. The “all action” we like to see from him was reduced to being a background player and he was taken off on the hour mark.

SEASON (so far) RATING

For a lot of the season Klich has been at a solid seven out of ten - but his form then picked up as the season went on taking his rating higher. 8/10