Exclusive: Bent drools over Leeds player who could succeed in PL despite 'Dreadful' 19/20 moment

Darren Bent heaped praise on Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich and suggested that the 29-year-old could succeed in the Premier League if he makes the step up.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa forward revealed he liked Klich due to his ability to cover a lot of ground and get in good positions.

Leeds announced last Saturday that the 29-year-old central midfielder had a signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal, with Football Insider exclusively revealing that Klich’s new contract was worth more than £20,000-a-week. 

Bent claimed that Klich’s new contract potentially suggested the club believe he can succeed in the Premier League next season if Marcelo Bielsa’s side win promotion.

However the former England international then cheekily added that Klich needed to work on his penalty technique as he can remember his dreadful spot-kick during the 1-1 draw with Derby at the end of September.

When asked whether Klich getting a new deal shows that the midfielder could succeed in the Premier League, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah it’s a good sign for him, he has done well for him, always seems to score important goals.

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“Was it him who missed that penalty the other week? That dreadful penalty, if he can work on his penalty technique…

“I like him to be fair, covers a lot of ground, he works hard, gets himself in good positions, he is one of their leaders.

“Yeah I think he could make the step up to the Premier League, there’s several in their squad who can, and hopefully for Leeds, after going really really close last season, this is the year.”

Klich recently spoke about his costly penalty miss against Derby earlier in the 2019/20 season and insisted he wouldn’t be changing his technique anytime soon.

The Poland international arrived at Elland Road in July 2015 after joining from Dutch club FC Twente and has racked up 77 appearances for the club during his time.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan says a senior transfer update is “not what fans want to hear” at Elland Road.