'Confidence has gone' - Exclusive: Whelan blasts Leeds midfielder who needs to 'Trust himself'
Noel Whelan has admitted he is disappointed with the goal return of Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich this season.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, says that the Polish star showed his ability to score last season when he netted 10 times for the Whites.
With Marcelo Bielsa’s men once again chasing promotion back to the Premier League this campaign, the 29-year-old has not netted with the same regularity, with just three second-tier goals under his belt.
With the likes of Patrick Bamford, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison also struggling to bag on a consistent basis, Whelan admits he wants to see more from Klich in the second half of the season.
“I think there’s more in him again though, there’s more in that player,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“There’s more goal-scoring capacity in him, considering he got into double figures last year, when it comes to goal scoring he’s had great chances as well, he should have a lot more goals to his name.
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“That’s one area he can improve on and I’m sure he’d want more goals himself. He needs to shoot more from outside the box like he did last year, he needs to trust himself. It seems that goal-scoring confidence has gone.
“He was bending them in from outside the area, finishing off his penalties, goal-scoring you can always improve as a player.”
Klich is a firm favourite of Marcelo Bielsa, starting every single one of the club’s 34 Championship matches this season.
He started all 46 of their league games last season, having fallen out of favour under former managers Thomas Christensen and Paul Heckingbottom.
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