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Leeds United haven’t messed about this week when it comes to tying players down to new contracts.
Of course, it’s great to see two talented players signing extended terms, but United may well be taking a risk in handing a four and a half year deal to the Polish midfielder.
While we can’t accurately say what the Pole’s weekly wage will be, we can’t imagine the only player to have started every single league game under Marcelo Bielsa will be one of the lowest earners in the squad.
For an indicator of the highest earner at Elland Road, Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla are both on £40k a week.
The 29-year-old is a great talent at this level, and nobody can doubt that after he contributed to 19 goals last term. However, that doesn’t change the fact that he is almost 30, and that’s where the main issue with this new deal is.
Usually, tying a player of Klich’s calibre down to a lengthy contract would be a good thing, but at this very moment, you’d have to say that it’s not the best idea.
Of course, players can be effective well into their 30s, but the midfielder’s role and the amount of wear and tear that must be taking a toll on his body make this seem unlikely.
The Pole covers every blade of grass when he steps onto the pitch, and after playing almost 80 matches since the start of the 2018/19 season, he’s not really had time to recover. Bielsa has never dropped him for a league outing and that could affect the rate at which he declines in his later years.
As a result, to offer him a contract that will expire when he’s 34 is a bit short-sighted.
It’s not just the possibility of Klich declining either, there are hopefully going to be huge changes at the Yorkshire club in the near future.
Leeds have real ambitions of reaching the Premier League this season, and with the SPI ratings indicating that United have a 69% chance of going up this season it seems as if they may be playing top-flight football sooner rather than later.
The fact of the matter is that Klich is unproven at that level, and having him tied down to such a long contract could see the Yorkshire club backed into a corner if he doesn’t cut it in the Premier League.