Noel Whelan has hailed Mateusz Klich for turning around his Leeds United career after he was ready to be sold by the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan has been impressed at how the central midfielder has gone from fourth choice central midfielder to a “permanent fixture” for Marcelo Bielsa’s automatic promotion favourites.

The former Leeds striker explained Klich is “very lucky” to be at Elland Road following a wretched debut season which ended with what he claimed was a seemingly certain transfer last summer.

Bielsa was won over by the 28-year-old during pre-season and he has been an ever-present in Leeds’ Championship campaign, remarkably starting all 42 matches to date.

“He’s (Klich) been one revelation this year, didn’t really manage to see a lot of him last year to really give you a fine gauge on how much he’s improved but this season he’s been integral, from the start of the season when he got his goal against Stoke,” Whelan said.

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“He seems lively, he’s creative, he’s very positive, he gets into great areas, runs in behind defences and he’s a permanent fixture this season under Marcelo Bielsa.

“I think he was about fourth choice down the pecking order and he was very lucky that he was going to be here because he was going to be sold in the summer but right now, glad he hadn’t because he’s having a successful season on the field and hopefully that will continue until the end of the season.”

Klich has thrived in an attacking central midfield role, directly contributing to 16 goals with eight goals and eight assists in league matches.

His contract expires in the summer of 2020 and Leeds have yet to open talks on a new deal, which means his future is in some doubt ahead of the summer window.

In other Leeds United news, the club are closing in on a JAWDROPPING £177million windfall after developments this week.