The Chalkboard: The time has come for Marcelo Bielsa to drop Mateusz Klich

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich’s disappointing run of form continued in his side’s 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and he may have left manager Marcelo Bielsa with a decision to make even though he has been a real favourite under the South American.

On the chalkboard

It seemed as though the Poland international’s career with the Yorkshire outfit was over when he was loaned out to FC Twente during the previous January transfer window having fallen out of favour under Thomas Christiansen, but his impressive loan spell in the Eredivisie obviously caught the attentions of Bielsa.

The Argentine boss has largely preferred a 4-1-4-1 system this term, and Klich’s ability to create and score goals means he is perfect for one of those central roles behind the striker, and he paid back his manager’s faith with five goals and five assists in his opening 16 Championship appearances this term.

However, both of those have dried up and he has now gone five league games without producing either, and he failed to make an impact against QPR in match in which he was given little space to work his magic in.

What happens next?

With Samu Saiz back in the starting XI and performing well at the weekend and with Izzy Brown and Patrick Bamford both shining for the U23s on Tuesday, competition for places in the midfield and striker roles are really ramping up, and given their injury issues at the back Bielsa can’t afford to have players in front of them that aren’t delivering.

Klich may have gone five games without a goal or an assist but he also doesn’t look to be the same player he was just a couple of months ago, and like he did with Saiz it is time for the 63-year-old manager to drop him to the substitutes’ bench for the first time in the Championship this season when Leeds travel to Bolton on Saturday.