Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United need to manage Mateusz Klich’s workload after the midfielder confessed he was struggling for fitness.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Marcelo Bielsa may need to make exceptions to his demands for certain players at Thorp Arch.
As quoted by Polish publication Sportowe Fakty, Klich revealed he had been suffering from fatigue and minor injury niggles in recent weeks.
He also admitted the intensity of training at Thorp Arch meant he struggled to regain his “freshness”.
He has since tested positive for Coronavirus while on international duty, although he is asymptomatic.
Whelan admitted every player coped with the training demands differently and suggested certain players needed managing differently.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “When you’ve had two long seasons and the quick turnaround to the beginning of this season, we know how fitness-based Leeds United are as a team.
“We know the requirements needed from a player to get through 90 minutes. What he has to put into that 90 minutes. You can see what the training regime is like, it’s gonna take its toll.
“Yes, it’s probably showing a little bit of fatigue, age, wear and tear with certain players. That’s where you’ve got to kind of manage them. Maybe they can’t go through training sessions as intensely as some of the younger lads coming through.
“Some other players maybe have better fitness levels. Everyone’s at different levels when it comes to fitness and what they can do in training to take into games.
“It’s one of these things that Mateusz Klich is struggling with. There is a bit of man-management needs to be done there.”