It may not have been the prettiest victory of Leeds United’s season thus far, but boy was it a big one.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side headed into the game against Burnley on early Sunday afternoon off the back of a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United last weekend.
The Whites have enjoyed a fine start to life back in the Premier League, but that heavy defeat may have just knocked the wind out of their sails. So, a win, in any kind of circumstances, would have been most welcome, and in the end, they managed to hang on to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sean Dyche’s side.
Patrick Bamford’s penalty in the fifth minute was enough to claim all three points for the Yorkshire club, and it was fair to say they had their fair share of hairy moments, not least a couple of 50/50 calls that went in their favour.
But whilst Bielsa will no doubt be relieved to have come away with a win, he will be particularly disappointed with Mateusz Klich’s performance.
The midfielder just looked to be off the boil at Elland Road, and despite the stats at the end of the game pointing out that he won 100% of his duels, they just don’t paint the actual reality of his display.
The Poland international has featured in every single Premier League game this season, and that appeared to show. He looked leggy and lethargic, making no tackles or interceptions whatsoever, and making just 35 passes.
His performance led to The Guardian journalist Charlie Phillips to remark that Klich is currently “having a weird time at the moment“, and it’s difficult to argue against that.
The 30-year-old looked like he just needs a rest and to be taken out of the firing line for now, and Bielsa really has to be ruthless with one of his trusted midfield lieutenants.