'Bielsa Loves Him...' - Exclusive: Top pundit reacts to 'Huge' Leeds player news
Having Mateusz Klich fit and available is a “huge boost” for Leeds United after his injury worry earlier this week, according to Michael Brown.
The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes Marcelo Bielsa will have been mightily relieved to have had the Poland international available against Tottenham on Saturday.
The 30-year-old was a doubt for the Whites after being forced off injured in the 5-0 win over West Brom but recovered to keep his place in the starting XI against Jose Mourinho’s men.
📋 Marcelo names an unchanged side from the one which defeated West Brom 5-0 on Tuesday night
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Klich, who played the full 90 minutes of the 3-0 defeat, has been a mainstay for Leeds this season but looked as though he could miss out against Spurs after picking up a knock versus the Baggies.
Goals from Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Toby Alderweireld were enough to seal victory for the north Londoners, although Leeds still managed to boss possession and have five shots on target.
Brown has lauded Klich for his importance to the side and admitted having the 2017 signing available will have been of great relief to Bielsa.
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“It’s a great boost, Bielsa loves him, doesn’t he?” Brown told Football Insider.
“Bielsa said how well he’s done, how he really likes him so a huge boost he’s available.
“It was a great test for Leeds, it really was – it was a really attacking side from Spurs and to see if they would be able to exploit Leeds if they came right out. We’ve seen how far Leeds have come.”
Klich has started every single one of Leeds’ 17 Premier League fixtures this season and has missed just one league game – the 3-1 win over Derby County last season – since Bielsa took charge.
He has a total of 124 appearances, 19 goals and 19 assists under his belt for the Whites so far.