Leeds signing Romaine Sawyers could help Klich avoid his dips in form

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According to reports from Football Insider, Leeds United are in the running to sign Romaine Sawyers from Brentford.

The midfielder can operate in a number of different roles, as he featured as a number 10 at times last season while also taking up a more defensive role on occasions.

What’s the story?

The versatile 27-year-old has been targeted by Celtic during this transfer window, but now the Yorkshire club are also keeping tabs on him.

The Brentford ace has been capped 26 times for St Kitts and Nevis, and his performances over the last three Championship seasons have been mightily impressive.

He has provided 17 assists during that period, and numbers like that could ease the pressure on one of Leeds’ most important players.

Helps Klich

Mateusz Klich was undoubtedly one of Marcelo Bielsa’s most crucial players last term as he started every single league game during 2018/19.

With Bielsa’s high-intensity style of play, it was inevitable that Klich would have dips in form due to fatigue. The Pole scored ten and assisted nine, but he had a couple of barren spells where you could tell the amount of football he was playing was catching up to him.

He went ten games without a goal or assist from November to December, and he then went nine games with no goals and only one assist from March to April.

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When Klich is at his best he’s incredible but it’s hard to expect that from him every week, and that’s why the signing of Sawyers could be an inspired one.

The Brentford man could be a fantastic back-up for the Poland international and be able to step into the team when he is struggling, as well as preventing any complacency from the Bielsa favourite.