There are a few areas of the squad that need some work, no doubt about that. One of those areas is the middle of the park, for me only Ronaldo Vieira is capable of taking us to the next level and Eunan O’Kane, along with Kalvin Phillips can make an impact in spells. SO what has Matty Klich done so wrong to not even get a chance in the side?
Tonight we face Aston Villa at Elland Road and we will probably have Kalvin Phillips with either Ronaldo Vieira or Eunan O’Kane in the line-up. Conor Shaughnessy played in that role towards the end of the game at Barnsley and I thought he did ok but I much prefer his as a centre-back and I feel that he offers much more at the back. We also have Vurnon Anita who can play in that role but hasn’t yet, and that brings me on to the last player, Mateusz Klich. A Polish international in recent times and one of the best midfielders in the Eridivisie last season, but can’t get a kick for Leeds, even during one of the worst spells in recent times in terms of bad runs. What’s gone so wrong for him?
Well let’s start from the beginning. Klich arrived and started the first pre-season game at Thorp Arch but was injured in the first-half. He then didn’t feature until the final game of pre-season at Elland Road in the 2-0 win over Oxford United. By this time he had fallen down the pecking order and was behind O’Kane and Phillips, starting and impressing in only league cup games. Indeed Ronaldo Vieira, our best central midfielder by quite some way didn’t get into the side until the trip to Bristol City so that tells you how much Christiansen thought of O’Kane and Phillips. Klich got a start at Cardiff and slipped, as we know, and hasn’t been seen since in a league game.
Is Klich really such a bad player? From what I’ve seen that’s a no, he is actually a good footballer. He certainly has ability to get on the ball and make things happen but for me things away from the field are costing him. His crusade of retweeting and liking tweets a few weeks back certainly won’t have helped his cause, and no doubt it got back to the head-coach and his staff. His injury was the first and most important thing that contributes to his lack of success and opportunity. He looks to be heading out of the door come January and for me it’s a mistake, he deserves a run in the side because it’s arguably our weakest area of the side.