Ian Harte has heaped praise on Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich in an interview with website Football League World, applauding his “amazing” ability to remain fit and continue to start week in, week out.
Klich, 29, struggled to begin with following his move to Elland Road for a fee of £1.5million (Yorkshire Evening Post). Indeed, after a handful of appearances for Leeds, he went on loan to FC Twente just six months after moving to Leeds.
But following the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa and an excellent pre-season in 2018, Klich became first choice and his since started 83 consecutive Championship fixtures. He is just one away from clocking up a grand total of 100 outings for Leeds.
Leeds icon Harte was asked about the Poland international, and the former Leeds left-back was full of praise for the midfield workhorse. He applauded his ability to stay free from injuries and continue playing, but also chipping in with goals from deep.
“He’s a very, very good player,” Harte said. “He’s good on the ball, he’s mobile and he makes the team move, and to start so many consecutive games is amazing. He stays away from injuries and gets his fair share of goals as well.”
TBR’s view – Would Klich remain first choice in the Premier League?
Right now, Klich remains one of the most crucial cogs in Bielsa’s system. Contributing a goal more or less every three games from the middle of the park – whether that is a goal or assist (15 goals, 13 assists in 99 games) – is a pivotal contribution.
Though he does turn 30 in the summer, Klich’s fitness is that of a player who has an entire career left in their legs. Remaining injury free, Klich will be first choice under Bielsa even if Leeds do gain promotion.