Leeds cannot afford to let Saiz and Klich go in the same window

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This week has been somewhat of a strange one for Leeds after their squad was split in two ahead of the trip to Australia.

Their first game down under was a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United whilst just hours later, the likes of Helder Costa and Jack Clarke were helping the players left behind to a victory over Tadcaster Albion.

The contrast between the two performances couldn’t have been greater.

Those displays may have made it easy to forget about the chaos surrounding the transfer market but speculation is failing to go away.

Kalvin Phillips has again been at the centre of attention but Mateusz Klich could also move on after Samu Saiz joined Girona for an undisclosed fee.

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The fact of the matter is that if Leeds agreed to let both Klich and Saiz leave this summer it would be a considerable mistake.

Their decision to loan the latter out over the winter caused some animosity between the hierarchy and Marcelo Bielsa, but after finally agreeing to their decision the 28-year-old hardly pulled up many trees.

The Spaniard struggled for game time at Getafe but that hasn’t stopped Girona taking a punt on him.

Bielsa admitted that he was a crucial cog to the system in the first part of last season but it’s looked as though he could be off for some time after wanting to leave previously.

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However, with Klich attracting the interest of Burnley too, they’d be foolish to let both of them leave in the same window.

If the Poland international departs, they could be left staring at a lack of creativity in central areas.

Klich scored ten goals and racked up nine assists last term whilst his now ex-Spanish teammate set up four strikes in 19 Championship outings.

Of course, they still have Pablo Hernandez and Tyler Roberts who could influence proceedings from that area of the pitch but the latter was incredibly inconsistent, assisting two goals in his last ten games.

Only 18 players started more than ten matches in the league last season for Leeds and with problems in regards to squad depth as it is, moving both of them on fails to make much sense.

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