In a titanic tussle at the top of the Championship table, Leeds walked away from the Hawthorns with a valuable point against West Brom.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side needed a reaction after going 1-0 down to the Baggies, and in a fine comeback, they equalised through an own goal from Semi Ajayi. And one man who could really claim to be at the forefront of Leeds’ impressive performance, was Mateusz Klich.
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The 29-year-old has been an ever-present for the Whites this season, making 26 appearances across all competitions, and proving his worth to his manager by playing in three different positions – attacking midfield, central midfield and left midfield. Against West Brom, Klich ran the show in the middle of the park.
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As per Sofascore, he completed all three of his attempted dribbles, made two tackles, provided two key passes and won seven total duels too. And after seeing his display, Leeds fans flooded to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the midfielder.
Klich was so good today. All over the place.
— NEIL D (@NeilDonohoe) 1 January 2020
Agreed, klich was different gravy and gets overlooked.
— Jez Wootton (@jezemondo) 1 January 2020
Costa was great. Klich was everywhere, Bamford changed the game, Douglas did well and puts a ball in like nobody else.
— Ben Cawley (@BenLufcCawley) 1 January 2020
Klich was outstanding
— Steve Martin (@Smarts22dp) 1 January 2020
Some Leeds supporters even felt that Klich’s display was his best for the club in some time.
I thought Klich had his best game for some time – ran Harrison close for MOM imo.
— Graham Bloor (@graham_bloor) 1 January 2020
Klich played well today, best he has played for a long time
— Andy Knapper (@AndyKnapper123) 1 January 2020
A couple of fans suggested Klich would be their choice for the man of the match award, with one supporter in particular claiming that he fended off competition from several others for it.
Klich was excellent. MOTM for me.
— Nigel F (@TheNfster) 1 January 2020
Excellent away performance by #LUFC especially in the 2nd half. PB made a world of difference and held up the ball far better than EN but was greedy on one key occasion. BD was a massive positive too. JH, KP, SD all put in great performances but my MOTM was Klich.
— MCC1 (@1amcc) 1 January 2020
With a 7.3 match rating as per Sofascore, Klich was in the top three of Leeds performers on the night. And when looking at underlying numbers it is easy to see why. He helped immensely in the battle for midfield supremacy, and can be incredibly pleased with his work. Bielsa will be wondering whether a sustained role in the centre of the pitch rather than further forward or out wide is the way to go.