Mateusz Klich could be forgiven for thinking that the chant pumping in the stands about him scoring goals had somewhat jinxed him. Ever since it started ringing out at Elland Road and in the away ends all over the country he hasn’t even looked like scoring, that was until today. Leeds United had the chance to take two steps forward but needed a hero, up stepped the Polish international.
Klich has been a revelation this season under Marcelo Bielsa, returning from a loan spell in Holland after Thomas Christiansen froze him out last season. He is probably the most underrated player at the club, some asking for him to be dropped recently. In terms of work rate there is nobody who gets about the park like Klich, linking play and dragging opponents around to create room for other players. He’ll pop up in the corners and flanks on a regular basis, knowing he isn’t going to get the ball but to allow someone some time in the middle of the pitch.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 26, 2019
Klich added goals to his game at the start of the season, or at least he started scoring goals for Leeds United for the first time, after getting his first proper chance at the club. Marcelo Bielsa admitted he had unfairly judged Klich on arrival at the club, making him train away from the first-team in pre-season. Klich had a very good game at Guiseley and an injury to Adam Forshaw and the departure of Ronaldo Vieira meant he started the season, and started it on fire.
Today Leeds needed somebody, anybody to step up and take the game by the scruff of the neck. There were a few players who helped change the game. Tyler Roberts was the first, his arrival also meant Pablo Hernandez was shifted wide and that in itself changed the dynamics. Hernandez struggles massively in the middle, overplaying it and trying to force play, out wide he is more relaxed and can drift around. Klich gets the headlines though, putting the ball in the net twice.