Danny Mills has insisted fitness is not an issue for Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich despite his recent mixed performances.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites full-back claimed the 30-year-old is “unbelievably fit” and he regularly saw him out running during lockdown last year.
Klich has started every game for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season and was named in their starting XI against Spurs despite coming off injured against West Brom in midweek.
The Poland international struggled to impose himself against Spurs as the Yorkshire giants suffered a shock 3-0 defeat in north London.
It comes just a week after Bielsa admitted Klich had a “difficult” game against Burnley last week but Mills has backed the midfielder to re-find his best form.
He told Football Insider: “Players go through ups and down through the season and you have to take a long-term view of it at times.
“We take snapshots and think ‘oh, for two or three games he’s not been outstanding but he’s done OK.’ It is a very congested time.
“He’s unbelievably fit. I know that, he lives not far from me, I saw him many times running past me as I was out running!
“He’s an incredible fit guy, so that’s not the issue. I wouldn’t have any doubts or qualms about that.
“Players just go through ups and downs at times. He just needs one game for things to change.”
Klich has scored twice and provided five assists in Leeds’ 16 top-flight games this term.
Last season he also registered five assists in 45 Championship games as the Whites secured the title.