Marcelo Bielsa has made a big claim concerning Mateusz Klich, with the Leeds United boss suggesting – in comments reported by Leeds Live – that the midfielder has the ability to play in all of the world’s best teams.
Klich has been a revelation under Bielsa. It is remarkable to think that he appeared to have little chance of making the grade at Elland Road after a torrid first season in which he was given few chances.
Incredibly, the 30-year-old has only missed one league game since Bielsa took charge. And that came in the first fixture following the confirmation that Leeds had been promoted.
He has since taken his game to another level and does not look out of place in the top flight. Klich already has two goals and three assists.
And when asked about the way Klich has proved his doubters wrong, Bielsa was full of praise for the Poland international. But he insisted that he can take little credit for Klich’s fightback.
“Klich, for me, can play in all the best teams in the world. So, he is in Leeds by chance. It doesn’t have to do with the fact I decided he continued at Leeds,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live.
“In the first pre-season I asked him if he would consider playing at centre-back, but it so happened in the game before the season started, against Las Palmas, the candidates for the player to play as the eight started falling away. Ronaldo, Forshaw and their absences allowed him to play. Never absent since.
“In all cases, all the praise should go to him and Orta who brought him here.”
Klich certainly ensured that Bielsa had little choice but to keep putting his faith in him with his first few performances under the Argentinian.
He scored the first goal of the Bielsa era. And by the end of September in that first season, he already had four goals to his name.
Klich made the most of the chance. But Bielsa still deserves a lot of credit. A lot of players were moved on in that first summer.
Few Leeds fans would have kicked up a fuss had Klich gone. It would have just seemed like the move had not worked out for either party. However, Bielsa decided to not write him off, providing him with the platform to become a key player.