Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United went into Saturday’s Premier League clash as huge underdogs against Chelsea, with the Whites having won just one of their last five league outings and being in the midst of a full-blown injury crisis.
However, despite being against all the odds, Leeds came within seconds of taking home a point after a battling performance at Stamford Bridge, with Jorginho’s 94th-minute penalty sealing a 3-2 win for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
While it is indeed true that a number of Bielsa’s players turned in impressive displays on Saturday afternoon, there was one man who will want to put the fixture behind him as quickly as possible, and that’s Mateusz Klich.
Indeed, over his 31 minutes on the pitch, the 31-year-old failed to have any real impact on the game, having 19 touches of the ball – 26 fewer than Illan Meslier in goal – completing just 11 passes, losing 60% of his duels and committing three fouls.
One of those proved to be very costly for the Whites, with the Poland international clipping Antonio Rudiger late on in the match, a misdemeanour which led to Jorginho’s last-gasp match-winning spot kick.
These returns saw the £3.6m-rated midfielder, who Noel Whelan dubbed an “ineffective” player, earn a predictably disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.2, the second-worst rating of anyone who featured in the game.
Indeed, in The Athletic’s post-game discussion, many of the Leeds United faithful also appeared to believe that Klich’s performance was simply not up to scratch against the Blues.
Considering the statistics mentioned above, it is not difficult to understand why – despite the likes of Diego Llorente, Junior Firpo and Jamie Shackleton also having a game to forget at Stamford Bridge, it was undoubtedly the display of the £34k-per-week Poland midfielder which cost his team the most on Saturday afternoon.