Leeds United held on to a 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Thursday evening at Elland Road and all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League – and Whites fans have reacted to Mateusz Klich’s display.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s men can count themselves fortunate to have won the match and kept a clean sheet – as Barnsley had a number of chances through the likes of Conor Chaplin, Cauley Woodrow and more.
Leeds had numerous chances themselves and eventually took the lead in the first half when Patrick Bamford’s cut-back was deflected into the back of the Barnsley net by Tykes defender Michael Sollbauer.
It was Klich’s pass that split the Barnsley defence in half to set Bamford through, whose initial cross was blocked.
Marcelo Bielsa’s system, for once, was seemingly flawed. It saw Bielsa change tactics numerous times, even bringing on rookie Pascal Struijk for Jack Harrison – and playing the Dutch defender out of position in midfield.
But it was Klich that was arguably the Whites’ best player – as they secured three of the four points required to secure promotion from their final three games. The £1.5million (YEP) signing’s passing was excellent throughout.
Leeds supporters reacted on Twitter to Klich’s display and while many were surprised at how easily the Whites were opened up at the back – many applauded the Poland international for his display.
Klich has played well #LUFC
— Baxy777 (@Barra5Baxy) July 16, 2020
This ball from Mateusz Klich is different class.
— George Pitts (@GeorgePitts_) July 16, 2020
No one gonna talk about that ball from klich???? ??
— AL10SKI (@AL10SKI) July 16, 2020
When klich gets the ball he looks dangerous passing it through to the wingers as Barnsley don’t deal with direct play well.
— Blake (@LUFCBlake) July 16, 2020
Klich at the heart of all our attacks today , need to hold the ball more further up the pitch , not bad but not brilliant , only half the job done #LUFC
— Ryyy (@Ryan_H96) July 16, 2020
Klich's been a level above everyone else on the pitch for me. The pressure he gets on the ball leads to them turning ball over so often.
And on the ball, he's having his best game in recent memory. Weight of pass and touch just perfect. #LUFC
— ETHAN (@EthanFromOnline) July 16, 2020