When Mateusz Klich was loaned to FC Utrecht for the second half of last season it had looked like his Leeds career might be over.
The midfielder didn’t find the net in 12 appearances for the Eredivisie outfit; adding substance to the idea that his days at Elland Road were numbered.
Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival in West Yorkshire has sparked a remarkable transformation.
The Polish midfielder has been one of Leeds’ better players this season.
In 36 appearances he has contributed eight goals and seven assists, quickly becoming a key component of Bielsa’s team.
The 28-year-old netted Leeds’ opener during last night’s win against Reading, once again looking in fine fettle.
With the likes of Kemar Roofe, Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez earning the main plaudits, Klich’s contribution has largely slipped under the radar.
It is quite remarkable considering he was temporarily offloaded last season that he has played every league game for the Whites this season.
He clearly has the trust of Bielsa and that could earn him a shot at the Premier League next season.
His versatility has proved key.
As a result, Klich has played central midfield, defensive midfield and as a number ten this season.
The Leeds boss has clearly seen something in the Poland international that other managers didn’t.
Others might be claiming plaudits but Klich is Leeds’ unsung hero.