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Noel Whelan says that Mateusz Klich’s performance against Preston North End was the “one of the worst” he has seen from the Leeds United midfielder.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker ripped into the Polish international after watching him flounder in the 1-1 draw on Boxing Day.

Preston opened the scoring at Elland Road after Klich was easily dispossessed, a late Stuart Dallas strike ensuring that the Whites secured a point in front of their own fans.

Whelan says Klich was miles off the pace on Thursday afternoon and went as far to say he had not seen a worse display from the 29-year-old during his time at Elland Road.

“Even though we conceded one goal (v Preston), it was a really poor goal to give away,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Starting off with Matuesz Klich, probably one of the worst games I’ve seen him play in a Leeds United shirt. He wasn’t involved, he looked slow, lethargic, took him a long time to get into the game.

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“The goal started with a good attack from us, Klich dwelling on the ball and losing possession too easily.”

Klich has been a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa since the Argentine’s arrival at Elland Road, the 23-cap international starting every single one of the club’s Championship and play-off fixtures last season.

He has continued to keep his place in the starting XI during the first half of the current campaign, starting all 24 matches to date.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan admits his heart bleeds for an “unlucky” senior star after the Preston draw.