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They say don’t fix what isn’t broken.
And whilst looking at the raw numbers might suggest that there is a problem, if you look deeper into the situation, you might just realise that he isn’t the problem that needs fixing.
Whilst it may seem that Mateusz Klich isn’t pulling his weight so far this year, with just the one assist and one goal so far in the league, it would be rather harsh to place all of the blame on him.
First, let’s take a look at the assists.
If you take a glance at the number of high-quality chances he has produced, he has clearly given his teammates fantastic opportunities to find the back of the net. That can then be followed up by the graphic below which shows just how much Leeds are wasting their chances.
This is a few games old now, but this says it all aswell. So many big chances made, so many missed. Less big chances since we’ve had Pablo our, but still. We need him and Forshaw back big time. pic.twitter.com/E48FpomW8K
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) October 6, 2019
This isn’t something that’s much of a secret amongst those who follow and report on Leeds on a regular basis, you can sort of put two and two together to work out that it isn’t really his fault that his assist numbers aren’t blowing people away so far this year.
However, there is one other concern and that’s his goal return, this is certainly something that you can put down to him.
This time last year he had already got four goals in the league, and whilst his numbers might have looked slightly better if he’d have converted his penalty against Derby County, the drop off should not be this bad.
It should really be a case of just presenting him with as many opportunities as he can to find the net and hope that as many of them go in as they can.
Marcelo Bielsa has spoken about how his side need ‘six chances to score’, so if Leeds put him in a more advanced position, perhaps as an attacking midfielder rather than a central one, he can still help create the chances for the rest of the team.
At the same time he can get in and around the box to get on the end of chances created by the rest of the team.
Klich has received criticism in recent times but it really isn’t all his fault. For now, maybe supporters should cut him slack.