What do the stats say about Leeds United loanee Mateusz Klich?

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Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich, who is currently on loan at FC Utrecht, came close to an astonishing Eredivisie record at the weekend - but does it signal hope of a revival at Elland Road?

Here's an in-depth look at his 2017/18 stats:


The former Poland international created 11 chances in a single game last weekend in the Eredivise against Heracles Almelo, which is the most in the Dutch top flight since Christian Eriksen produced 14 for Ajax in November 2012.

The game ended 2-2 as Klich helped his side fightback to earn a 2-2 draw providing one assist.

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Mateusz Klich.

Mateusz Klich.

The 27-year-old arrived last summer in England with a strong reputation, the Whites parted with £1.5m to land their man and handed him a deal until 2020.

Klich though struggled to make much of an impact in West Yorkshire before being loaned out to Utrecht in January after making just nine appearances and totalling 131 minutes of Championship action.

Former United boss Thomas Christiansen shipped the midfielder out after deciding the likes of Eunan O'Kane, Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira were ahead of him in the pecking order at Thorp Arch.


Given his production rate in the Eredivisie it is clear for all to see that there is a real player in Klich if utilised correctly.

He was left out in the cold at Elland Road by Christiansen and you could argue that he wasn't given a real opportunity to prove himself. There is no getting away from the fact that the demands of the Championship physically are much greater than that of the Dutch top flight but, similarly to other players in the squad, it feels as if his transition into English football wasn't dealt with in the best manner.

Klich was also one of the victims of United's fateful day at Newport County in January but before that did earn praise among fans for his League Cup showing at Burnley earlier in the season.

What Leeds do next is the key question.

Given the money invested and the belief in bringing him to the club in the first place it is difficult to ignore the case being made by his performances in Holland.

United have struggled to control games since the New Year and there is no doubt that the Whites midfield on a whole haven't produced enough at the right end this campaign, which Klich is certainly making a habit of at Utrecht.

Although his struggles were clear for all to see during his stint in West Yorkshire, Paul Heckingbottom could do much worse than take a real look at his abilities before making any final decision over whether his future lies elsewhere.

He could, after all, be the answer to partnering Adam Forshaw in the centre of the park next season.

Would you like to see Klich given a chance at Elland Road next season? Let us know in the comment section below.