Alex McLeish has admitted it was refreshing to hear Mateusz Klich admit he is struggling to cope with the intense demands at Leeds United.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested other players would be feeling the physical and mental effects of an arduous season.
Speaking to Polish publication Sportowe Fakty, Klich confessed he has suffered from fatigue in recent weeks, with minor injury problems arising as a result.
He also admitted the intense demands in training meant he was struggling to regain his “freshness” at Elland Road.
Klich has started 25 of Leeds’ 29 league games this season but has been named as a substitute for the last two.
McLeish admitted it was a surprise to hear a player speak so openly about his struggles.
However, he insisted other players would be feeling the strain.
Reacting to Klich’s comments, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor: “Well, there you are. There you have it, it’s what we’ve said about the intensity Premier League.
“The pandemic has obviously pushed players to a limit of mental strength and also physical strength. They’re human beings like everyone else. You have to accept what a guy is feeling. You don’t know what’s going on in his head.
“He is being honest. A lot of players would hide that. They’d say: ‘I’m ready to go again,’ but he’s admitted to the strain of the mental side of things. Also, the physical side of things too.”
Leeds currently sit 11th in the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Fulham.
They will return to league action after the international break with a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United.