Regaining confidence trumped regaining Championship top spot says Leeds United star, who welcomes Augustin and Poveda arrivals

Regaining their confidence at a time when the Championship is only getting tighter was more important than Leeds United regaining top spot, says Mateusz Klich.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 5:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 5:04 pm

The Whites came screaming back from two goals down to beat Millwall 3-2 on Tuesday night and overtook West Brom, who were beaten 2-1 at Cardiff City and now haven’t won in seven league games.

Leeds themselves had not won in three Championship outings before Tuesday’s thriller and were in desperate need of a lift.

“I think this win was bigger [than going top] in terms of getting our confidence back because you can see in the table it is very tight and a lot of teams are dropping points now,” said Klich.

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“The teams from the middle of the table are going up and down.

“It’s very tough and very tight and we needed to get our confidence back and you could see [on Tuesday] that if we play like this we are not going to look at other teams.”

Another boost for Leeds is the arrival of a pair of players the club believe can make an impact between now and the end of the season.

Klich has welcomed the strengthening of the squad with the permanent signing of winger Ian Poveda from Manchester City and Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leipzig.

Mateusz Klich has welcomed the arrival of Jean-Kevin Augustin, pictured, at Leeds United (Pic: Bruce Rollinson)

The latter is a player Klich was previously aware of, having kept track of events in The Bundesliga since playing there himself.

“I can’t wait to see them on the pitch because, obviously, Ian looks very offensive, a very good dribbler and I know Kevin from Germany because, obviously, I have been there and I have followed the league,” said Klich.

“I know he is a good striker so I am very happy that he came.

“As you could see [against Millwall], Patrick [Bamford] scored two goals and it’s good for everyone.

“Always good faces are good to see, so let’s see.”