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Bielsa must keep an eye on Mateusz Klich’s worrying Leeds trait

There’s a lot to be positive about at Elland Road at the moment.

Leeds United are flying high in the Premier League picking up seven points from their opening four games, but as always, there is room for improvement.

It may sound a bit strange to pinpoint Mateusz Klich as a player who needs to improve after netting two goals and grabbing an assist in his opening four games, but his defensive output needs to improve.

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Leeds are the best team in the league when it comes to tackles per game, but Klich is letting the side down on that metric despite averaging a respectable two tackles per game.

Indeed, Klich is the third-most dribbled past player in the league, showing that he isn’t strong enough in the tackling department, whether that’s a timing problem or a technique issue.

Klich is dribbled past 2.8 times per game on average and only Aston Villa’s Trezeguet and West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku have worse numbers in terms of that metric.

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Luckily, Klich’s shortcomings there have been more than made up for by Kalvin Phillips’ ridiculous work rate in the midfield, with the Yorkshire Pirlo averaging 4.3 tackles per game, the third-most of any player in the division.

However, if Phillips has an off-day or he is hampered by injury or suspension, Klich’s tendency to get bypassed in the middle of the park will become increasingly evident and cause problems for Bielsa’s team.

Luckily, Leeds have a manager touted as the best coach in the world, so it isn’t likely that the manager is blind to this issue. However, it’s something he needs to get the £3.15m-rated midfielder to work on in training in the near future or else United’s opponents will start exposing that shortcoming in the middle of the park.

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