Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has revealed he wish he had met current boss Marcelo Bielsa 10 years earlier in his career.
The 28-year-old has become a vital player at Elland Road this season under Bielsa and will be key heading into the play-offs.
He’s been an ever-present in the team by making 48 appearances across all competitions.
The central midfielder has 10 goals and eight assists to his name to make him one of the most crucial players in the side.
The Poland international looked unlikely to cut the grade in English football last year, but has enjoyed a stunning turnaround and will hope for Premier League football next season.
Klich has hailed the impact of his manager on him and Bielsa has certainly had a similar effect on a handful of players.
“Marcelo opened my eyes on a couple of things. I would never say I could play on such a big intensity as I do now and run so much because I never did. I just wish I had met him 10 years ago,” Klich told LUTV.
Klich has had one of the outstanding individuals season at Leeds and his work is not done yet.
The Yorkshire giants take on Derby County in a two-legged play-off semi-final, which starts on Saturday away to the Rams.
Klich’s industrious work in the centre of the park is going to be key in the play-offs and he covers every blade of grass.
The goalscoring midfielder is vital going forward too and Leeds needs him on form given striker Kemar Roofe is still working his way back to his best form.