Leeds United Mateusz Klich has played “too much football” and would benefit from a short break from the side.
That is the view of former Whites and Coventry striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 30-year-old’s “worrying” form since the start of December.
Klich has started all 18 of United’s Premier League fixtures this season – along with Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas – and contributed two goals and five assists.
However, the centre-midfielder’s influence on games has waned in recent weeks, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side have slumped to three consecutive defeats without scoring.
He is expected to start alongside Kalvin Phillips for the trip to Newcastle on Tuesday but Whelan suggested Klich should be given a rest.
“Klich right now needs a bit of help,” he told Football Insider.
“Sometimes you can play too much football and I think that is the case with him right now. It would only be right to give him a little bit of a break. He has played a lot of football in the past 12 months.
“He hasn’t been himself for over a month now. He’s not doing too much. He is drifting through games and that’s worrying.”
Klich has incredibly only missed one league game for Leeds since January 2018 – a 3-1 win over Derby County at the back end of last season.
In total, he has made 125 appearances for the Yorkshire club he joined from FC Twente in July 2017.