There is no secret that Leeds United want to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese, but former midfielder David Norris believes that the potential arrival of the Argentine could be a concern for Mateusz Klich.
Klich was part of the Leeds squad that helped earn promotion back to the Premier League but a 6.51 WhoScored rating shows that he has slightly struggled to adapt to life in the top flight.
De Paul is likely to command a fee around the £40 million mark so he would almost be guaranteed to start every Premier League game when fit, therefore Klich could see his minutes severely cut next season as he has done nothing to show he is capable of competing with Kalvin Phillips or even Stuart Dallas.
Klich would certainly be a great squad player who knows Marcelo Bielsa’s methods and how to carry out his instructions and when asked if the midfielder could be worried about his game time next season if De Paul signed, Norris had this to say when he spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“Yeah, I think Klich might be because he hasn’t set it on fire and it hasn’t gone well for him. So I think potentially, it could be a bit more difficult for him.”
Considering the high standards that De Paul has set for himself at Udinese then a lot more players could see it as a challenge to improve themselves ahead of next season but Norris does believe that most of them deserve another chance in the Premier League because of what they achieved last season, he said:
“In general, I think most of the players have done enough to deserve another crack at it, but if he comes in and hits the ground running, then obviously other players will have to step aside.”
Far too often last season, when Phillips was injured, Klich could neither dictate play nor shield the back four effectively enough given his lack of athletism and energy compared to the England international, which may force Bielsa’s hand in bringing in a replacement.