'Isn't doing enough' - Exclusive: Whelan blasts Leeds player who was previously 'influential'
Noel Whelan blasted Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich for his form this season following the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Whites forward claimed that Klich wasn’t currently doing enough in the central midfield area and suggested he was finding it difficult to make an impact.
Klich has played 15 times for Marcelo Bielsa’s side across all competitions this season and has contributed two goals as well as one assist to the cause.
Whelan explained that last season Klich was influential due to the little diagonal runs he would make between the opponent’s centre-backs but claimed he wasn’t having a positive effect on the Whites so far this season.
When asked about Klich’s dip in form, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah he seems to be off the boil at the minute with his performances.
“With what he saw last year, compared to what we saw this year…he hasn’t hit the same standard or level but then saying that I don’t think the whole team has reached the level they were at last year.
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“But yeah he does seem to be finding it difficult to get into games, to stamp his authority in games that he does because when teams did come and sit in front of Leeds United, he was influential with his runs in around the back as that how he got goals, how he caused problems.
“Those little diagonal runs between the centre-halves, but with him sitting so deep, he can’t affect the game that way.
“And he really isn’t doing enough in that central area.”
In his 2018/19 campaign, Klich racked up 10 goals as well as nine assists across the 50 outings he made and Bielsa made the most of his versatility by playing him as a defensive midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder at different times.
The Poland international arrived at Elland Road from Dutch side FC Twente in July 2017 and has gone on to feature 75 times for the club.
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