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Mateusz Klich hasn’t been at his best this season.
It’s sad to say it as he’s clearly a supremely talented footballer, but his goal return this term shows that he’s simply not at the level he was this time last year.
Unfortunately, it seems as if one of the Pole’s greatest attributes has deserted him this term.
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The 29-year-old was scoring for fun last campaign as he netted double figures in the league for the Whites, and most of his goals came in a similar fashion.
Indeed Klich had a knack of banging in goals from distance throughout the 2018/19 season as fans even made a chant about his long-range strikes, but that ability seems to be absent this term.
The midfielder has found the net just once this season, and that was an effort from the penalty spot against Barnsley. He even missed another spot-kick against Derby.
Leeds are certainly missing Klich’s tendency to find the net from long range, but this weekend could be his greatest chance to get back on track.
Leeds should have plenty of the ball against Luton on Saturday as the Hatters average just 50.1 per cent possession compared to Leeds’ 59.2%.
We could see an attack vs defence scenario, and if Luton play a deep line and prove hard to break down it could mean that Klich gets a few chances to shoot from range.
Usually, having to take pot shots from distance would be seen as a negative, but with the Poland international’s incredible striking ability being combined with Simon Sluga’s dodgy goalkeeping the midfielder has a great chance of rediscovering his goalscoring touch.
I need odds on Simon Sluga winning the man of the match award against us on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/cuSOgaFG1f
— James (@jbcfc_) October 13, 2019
As the above tweet shows, Sluga often looks like a disaster waiting to happen between the sticks, and if Klich can get a few clear looks at goal he’s got a great chance of finding the back of the net.
In 11 matches this term, Sluga has only achieved an average match rating from WhoScored above 6 in five outings. His last match against Derby saw him earn a rating of just 3.7 after making two individual errors.
If the Croatian plays this weekend then both he and Klich could have a field day.