By Danny Wright
Mateusz Klich had admitted that he is facing the prospect of being axed from the Leeds United starting line-up to face Ipswich at Elland Road on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who was signed up by the Whites in the summer, was one of a number of fringe players who impressed in Tuesday night’s penalty shoot-out win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
Although Klich understands it’s a hard call for manager Thomas Christiansen to make changes to his squad for the return to Championship action, he is still expecting to find himself back on the bench for the clash with Ipswich.
“Probably we (the players who started at Turf Moor) won’t play on Saturday but I hope everyone who does manages to do good and do their jobs, and that we’re going to win as we lost the last game. Now we have to focus on the league,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I hope I’ll play but it’s a tough decision for our coach because we not only have 11, 12 or 13 players but 20 who want to play. I think it’s good.”
Most of Klich’s football this season has come in the League Cup where he has started each of the three wins over Port Vale, Newport County and most recently Premier League side Burnley.
The 10-times Poland international is yet to earn a start in the Championship, but he is perhaps unlikely to shift Eunan O’Kane or Kalvin Phillips out of their roles in the centre of midfield due to their impressive form in the opening fixtures of the season.
It remains to be seen whether or not Christiansen will give Klich further chances to impress in the cup competition this season when the Whites travel to Leicester in the next round of the Carabao Cup in October.
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