Following on from their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in midweek, Leeds United are back in action this afternoon with a clash against Brentford at Elland Road next up for the Yorkshire club.
In terms of which players Bielsa could pick to be in his starting XI to take on Thomas Frank’s side, one player that featured in the win against Palace that should not be in the team on this occasion is midfielder Mateusz Klich, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £34k-per-week according to Salary Sport.
In the 45 minutes that he was on the pitch for before being replaced by Rodrigo for the second half against the Eagles, Klich failed to have any sort of impact in the game by having just 16 touches of the ball and completing just five of the ten passes he attempted.
The midfielder also managed to lose two of the three duels he was involved in, lost possession of the ball on six occasions, committed one foul and got dribbled past on one occasion as well, showing why Bielsa chose to replace him at half time.
This overall performance ultimately earned Klich an uninspiring match rating of 6.5/10, making him the joint-lowest rated Leeds player that started the game against Patrick Vieira’s side according to SofaScore.
Before being named as an unused substitute for their 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion, Klich put in a similar sort of disappointing performance in their 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last month, being hooked on the hour mark after winning no defensive duels.
This shows that despite previously being labelled as Leeds’ “unsung hero” by Sky Sports journalist David Prutton, Klich is becoming more of a liability for the team rather than a useful and influential midfield option.
Looking ahead to the Brentford match, it could be Bielsa’s best option if he took Klich out of the team on this occasion and put someone in who could have more of an impact on the game and how Leeds play in their latest attempt at picking up three points and moving further up the league table after their win against Palace.
However, with Leeds set to take on Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool in their next four league games after today’s match, it seems likely that Bielsa will have to rely on Klich at some point in those games, meaning that he will have to be in top form if he’s going to help his side pick up as many points as possible against those tough sides.