Ben Parker believes that Mateusz Klich does such a vital role in the Leeds United midfield and has also suggested a lot of his work goes unnoticed.
The 29-year-old is an ever-present in the Whites starting XI and is favoured by his manager Marcelo Bielsa.
He is a central midfielder that usually slot into a number eight role that allows him to bomb both up and down the pitch.
The Poland international has slightly underwhelmed this campaign with just two goals and one assist in 17 appearances across all competitions.
He was directly involved in 19 goals last season and is capable of offering more in the final third, but has still been full of tireless energy and is looking to be creative.
Ex-Leeds defender Parker recognised Klich as somewhat an unsung hero in the centre of the park and has been impressed by him this campaign.
“Mr reliable, Mr consistent. He is the only player who has started every league game under Marcelo Bielsa since he came into the club, which just says the manager trusts him,” Parker told LUTV.
“A massive credit to the player to be fit, be strong, be ready for every league game. He reminds me of an old fashioned box-to-box midfielder. He’s effecting one end of the pitch defensively, but also he’s trying to support the forward players.
“He is a real big player for us (Leeds). A lot of stuff goes through Klich, a lot of stuff you probably don’t see where he’s keeping the ball nice and simple. But he’s always getting his head up, trying to find that killer pass and on the turnover is always one of the first players to close someone down.”
Klich is not one of the Leeds individuals that has hit top gear yet this season, but is still a key member of a team that sit third in the Championship table right now and are in the hunt for promotion.
It looks unlikely that Bielsa would pull him out of the side, as he’s his general on the pitch and his work-rate matches the high intensity style of play.
There is certainly more to come from him this season and he’s one of the answers when it comes to the entire team chipping in with goals.