Date: 7th May 2019 at 11:09am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has claimed Mateusz Klich is the player who can bury Leeds United’s penalty hoodoo.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker claimed Klich has the technique, experience, and spot-kick expertise to become the designated penalty taker.

United have missed their last three penalties, with Kemar Roofe the latest culprit in Sunday’s defeat to Ipswich Town as he lost his footing and embarrassingly ballooned his effort over the bar.

Pablo Hernandez failed to hit the back of the net with his spot-kick in the 2-1 loss at home to Wigan on 19 April, while Patrick Bamford missed from 12 yards in the 3-2 win at home to Millwall on 30 March.

Whelan is convinced that Klich, who scored six out of six penalties for former club FC Twente, can become the designated taker, with Hernandez in reserve.

“I would have Mateusz Klich as the penalty taker, and then Hernandez,” he told Football Insider. “Klich has scored penalties at his previous clubs and for the national team, his record is brilliant in that respect.

“Alternatively, you can go for the most experienced player, who is Hernandez. At least, the one he missed hit the post. You look at Bamford and Roofe’s penalties, and they were embarrassing. The misses weren’t down to bad luck.”

Leeds are next in action in the play-off semi-finals starting next Saturday, when they visit Derby County for the first leg with the second leg at Elland Road the following Wednesday.

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