Leeds United have plenty of players away on international duty this week. One such player is doing so for the first time in four years. Mateusz Klich has received a call-up to the Poland side for the first time since 2014.
It comes after his resurgent form with both FC Utrecht on loan last season and with Leeds this.
There is no doubt that he has a lot to thank Marcelo Bielsa for already. Before the Argentine’s arrival Klich’s days at Leeds looked numbered. He had been turfed out on loan after falling out of favour with Thomas Christiansen.
But with Bielsa’s appointment this summer he was offered a reprieve. The new boss saw something in Klich. Now, the 28-year-old has been speaking about Bielsa. He says his eyes have been opened by the revolutionary coach and believes he can bring his club form to the national team.
“I have matured as a player. I think I can give the team more than I could have four years ago. My career is a lot of ups and downs. I have had a lot of experience, I have gathered a lot of experience.
“Now I have the pleasure to work with an outstanding trainer, Marcelo Bielsa. He opened my eyes to many things. I will try to show the same thing in the national team as I have showed with my club. If I am well-disposed, I can certainly help the team.”
Bielsa has certainly led Leeds to a great start. The West Yorkshire side are top of the Championship and unbeaten in the league. Klich, with three goals and one assist from his opening eight games of the season, has certainly played a role in that.
He will hope to continue that form against Ireland and Italy this week and add to his 10 international caps.