clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Napoli linked with Mateusz Bogusz after Polish midfielder admitted being “angry” at being overlooked.

The U21 international feels he has developed well but is “angry that I don’t get a chance”.

SOCCER: JUL 20 Leeds United at Western Sydney Wanderers FC Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Serie A side S.S.C Napoli have been linked with a move for Leeds’ Poland Under-21 international midfielder Mateusz Bogusz, according to Italian website Area Napoli and Italian journalist Antonello Gallo.

Bogusz joined Leeds United from Ruch Chorzow in January 2019 but recently admitted in an interview with Polish outfit Weszlo that he previously had an offer from Napoli in Italy - but it came at a time when Ruch Chorzow weren’t willing to let him go.

Western Sydney v Leeds United - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images

Bogusz made a big impression on many Leeds fans in pre-season and has been consistently impressive for the U23 side. However he has only played one first team game for Leeds, playing the full game against Stoke City in the League Cup. His contract expires at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Bogusz admitted to the frustration of not being given a chance in the first team by Marcelo Bielsa in a recent interview with Meczyki.

“I’m angry that I don’t get a chance. But looking at development and how to train here, I can honestly tell you - I feel that I have developed amazingly, for example when it comes to endurance. I could jump in, play 90 minutes, face such an effort as a player from the first team and there would be no problem.”

The young attacking midfielder also discussed loan moves in the interview. “I considered it, but the club didn’t want to agree.”

“I also noticed that the work I do here will bring great results someday. I just don’t know when. I talked a lot about it with Mateusz Klich, with others and they said that such a coach, such preparation as now, I may not have in my entire career. If it’s hard, then it can only get easier.”

I am on the record on many platforms saying how highly I rate Mateusz Bogusz, and I do think he should have played more - but Leeds are top of the league so I can’t criticise the selection process.

I feel he should have come off the bench a bit more, and I think over the period when Leeds were short in midfield and Pablo Hernandez was out he could have been more involved.

For me, there is no issue with Bogusz saying this. He hasn’t “kicked off” or acted in an unreasonable fashion - to be honest I would look at him more harshly if he was happy sitting in the U23 side. This determination and confidence will probably stand him in good stead going forward.

Do you think we need to hang on to Mateusz Bogusz? Is there a fee you would be happy with? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ThruItAllLUFC