Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich recently faced the press ahead of the Whites’ upcoming season opener against Bristol City.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign last time out. He was a regular starter in Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they challenged for promotion. Although the Yorkshire club ultimately missed out on promotion, Klich had a good season on a personal level. In 46 league outings he was able to rack up ten goals and eight assists.
The 19-cap Poland international will be expected to play a key role at Elland Road again this season. He improved massively under Bielsa’s guidance last season, and gave his verdict on the Argentine coach in the press conference, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. Klich said, “he had a big impact and he improved everyone a lot, he improved the whole team.”
Leeds were not amongst the favourite sides for promotion when Bielsa took over. Going into this season, they certainly are. Klich, too, remarked upon this, saying “the season before we were mid table and last season we almost got to the Premier League and I hope this season the improvement is the same”.
Bielsa will hope that summer signing Helder Costa will be able to give his side the boost they need to secure promotion. Klich has also been impressed by his new teammate, saying he “is a great player and he dribbles a lot, we missed that last season”.
Costa is a winger – and Klich also played out wide at times last season. However, the Pole doesn’t appear to feel threatened by the newcomer. Klich said, “I would rather not play as a winger, I think it’s better for the team if I stay in the middle – No. 4, or 8 or 10”. Klich will be hoping that Costa’s arrival will give him the freedom to operate centrally.