Marcelo Bielsa has suggested that Mateusz Klich cannot do any better in the role that he plays in Leeds United’s side, in comments reported by Leeds Live.
Klich has been a stalwart since Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road. The Poland international has started every single league game under the Argentinian, so could make his 82nd league appearance in a row this weekend.
The 29-year-old was outstanding last season, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists. And he has continued to be a key man for the promotion-chasers this term.
In particular, Klich has arguably looked to be back to his best in more recent weeks. And ahead of Saturday’s clash with Reading, Bielsa suggested that he could not ask for any more from the midfielder.
“Klich is a player with very, very much skills physically,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live. “The values of Klich, he cannot do better. A player who runs more, more intense movements and makes more movements at maximal speed.
“His values are linked with how he prepares mentally. This is the fact that makes him run. More hungry he is, the more he runs.”
It is remarkable to think of how far Klich has come since arriving at Leeds. He initially struggled to break into the side under Thomas Christiansen. And once he did get an opportunity, he was almost immediately cast aside again.
He went into his first full summer at Leeds with a major question mark seemingly hanging over his future. He had spent the second-half of that first season back on loan in the Netherlands. And he was initially picked alongside the youngsters and other fringe players in Bielsa’s first pre-season, rather than the first-team stars.
However, he fought his way back and Leeds have not looked back since he poked the ball past Jack Butland in Bielsa’s first competitive game in charge.