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Loaning out Mateusz Klich looking increasingly like a Leeds United blunder

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Loaning out Mateusz Klich looking increasingly like a Leeds United blunder

The Polish international is now thriving with FC Utrecht.

In the summer Leeds United snapped up Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich from FC Twente. The deal, reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post to have cost in the region of £1.5 million, looked a positive addition from Leeds.

The Polish international had impressed in both German and Dutch football. Leeds needed a central midfield improvement and Klich looked like he might be that.

Yet he never got a fair crack at Elland Road. Klich played just six games for Leeds, only three of those in the Championship.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 26: Leeds player Mateusz Klich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With that in mind, Leeds decided to move him on. He headed to Utrecht in the Eredivisie on loan. Since the move, he has been in fine form.

Klich has played seven games and become a star in the Utrecht midfield. His performances have been praised this week by his team-mate Zakaria Labyad.

Speaking to Utrecht Fans the playmaker stated:

“This is a decision that our trainer made, and I think Utrecht should be happy with Klich. He has power and creates many opportunities for us.”

Such comments will not leave Leeds fans happy. The centre of the Leeds midfield has been the biggest issue for the club in recent weeks. Eunan O’Kane is woefully out of form whilst Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira have not managed to progress as Leeds would have liked this season. Adam Forshaw’s arrival from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window has not had the desired impact to the Leeds team.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Eunan O’Kane of Leeds United leaves the field after being sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Klich meanwhile has been showcasing exactly why the powers at be decided he was worth shelling out on in the summer.

The midfielder may also harbour ambitious plans to be a part of the Poland squad for this summer’s World Cup, many people’s dark horses to go a long way in Russia.

Meanwhile Leeds are left wondering why they did not give Klich the opportunity it seems he deserved at Elland Road.

Hopefully Leeds will give him another chance to impress in pre-season. If he can perform like he has been since making his loan switch to the Netherlands, Leeds could basically have themselves a new signing in the summer.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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