After joining Leeds United in what was a £90k deal back in January of 2019, first-team opportunities have been somewhat sparse for Mateusz Bogusz in the two years since his switch.
Indeed, after featuring twice in the Whites’ 2019/20 campaign, and once in 2020/21, the versatile attacking midfielder was sent out on loan to UD Logrones in October of 2020 – where the Poland U21 international went on to make 23 appearances in LaLiga2, scoring one goal and providing one assist along the way.
Then, after returning to Elland Road last summer, Victor Orta once again decided a temporary spell away from the club would serve the 20-year-old’s development best – with Bogusz returning to the second tier of Spanish football, this time at UD Ibiza.
And, over his 20 LaLiga2 appearances in the current campaign, the £1.35m-rated forward has highly impressed, scoring four goals, registering six assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.5 shots and making 1.3 key passes per game.
As such, it is perhaps not surprising to learn that Mateusz Klich has extremely high hopes for his fellow Pole, with the midfielder stating of Bogusz back in 2019: “When he trains with us I always try to help him.
“It’s not like I can give him any advice because he’s 17 and going to be better than me! If he needs anything, I am here for him. I’m very curious about him because he looks like a good player.”
Furthermore, the former Leeds U23 head coach, Carlos Corberan, also appeared to be a big fan of the attacker, stating of the 20-year-old shortly after his arrival in England: “I think Mateusz is a young but very talented player.
“He’s only been here a few weeks at the club. And today was the first time he could play a game. I think he’s a special player. We are going to continue to work with him because I think he can give a lot and bring very positive things for this club.”
As such, should Bogusz continue his impressive run of form with Ibiza over the remainder of the current campaign, the forward-thinking midfielder will undoubtedly be a player who Jesse Marsch considers making a regular part of his first-team squad next season.
And, while Klich may have been joking in his suggestion that the Poland youth international would go on to become a better player than him, Bogusz’s inclusion in the senior squad could very easily come at the expense of the 31-year-old – as the £32k-per-week midfielder who Joe Wainman dubbed “lacklustre” looks as if he could be on his way out of Elland Road this summer.