Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has been discussing the impact Marcelo Bielsa has had on his career.
Last summer it appeared that Klich could be on his way out of Elland Road. He had struggled to find a place in the first-team under Thomas Christiansen and was loaned out to Utrecht in the Dutch top-flight as a result.
However, Bielsa’s arrival precipitated a West Yorkshire revival for the Polish midfielder’s career.
The Argentine saw something he liked in the player who has gone on to become a fan favourite at Elland Road with his excellent midfield performances and exuberant personality.
“I wish I had met him ten years earlier because I would probably have been in a different place. He opened my eyes to a few things. He doesn’t even have a minute of loosening. You always have to be one hundred percent, you always have to give your best. It’s very hard at training. But I need a trainer who stands above me with a whip.
“He said my CV does not reflect what I should achieve in football. The clubs I’ve played in should be different.”
There is no doubt that Klich has benefitted massively from the arrival of Bielsa. Before ‘El Loco’ rocked up at Leeds, it seemed the Pole was set for the exit.
Instead, he has been turned into a hard-working goal-scoring midfielder that the fans at Elland Road love.
Hopefully, he can continue to thrive under Bielsa for the rest of the season.