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Mateusz Klich disappoints in Leeds’ win over Crystal Palace

Leeds United snatched their first win in a month, defeating Crystal Palace at Elland Road, thanks to an injury-time penalty from Raphinha on Tuesday evening.

The Whites were awarded a last-minute spot-kick when visiting defender Marc Guehi was adjudged to have handled it inside the box, and in the absence of Patrick Bamford, the Brazil winger stepped up to convert despite struggling throughout the match.

It could have easily gone a different way after Christian Benteke missed an absolute sitter from inside the six-yard box before having another chance late on before the home side’s goal from 12 yards.

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Overall, it was far from the most encouraging performance but at the end of the day, it’s a valuable three points for the Yorkshiremen as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

One cause for concern from the game was the performance of Mateusz Klich, once again. The Polish midfielder was hooked at half-time, which was hardly a surprise as he was being overrun and dominated in the engine room.

‘Much like the half he had at Tottenham Hotspur, Klich was virtually non-existent,’ explained LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross in his post-match column. ‘Played 10 passes in the entire half and only got half of them to their designated target. Just not happening for him at the moment.’

Indeed, the 31-year-old stalwart managed a passing accuracy of just 50% but he was also only able to register 16 touches of the ball, comfortably the lowest of any United player. Even Illan Meslier managed 42 touches of the ball between the sticks. despite facing one shot on target all game.

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Elsewhere, the £34k-per-week Klich won just one of his three duels and was dribbled past on one occasion as he watched the game go by. Passenger-like, he also lost possession six times, meaning he lost the ball every 2.6 touches, per SofaScore.

The likes of Junior Firpo and Tyler Roberts came in for a lot of stick on social media, and quite justifiably so, to some extent – less so with the latter as he was starved of service, with Leeds only delivering three accurate crosses all game. He even created two key chances himself.

So forget about the Welshman, Klich – who has long been a favourite of Bielsa’s – badly failed the Yorkshiremen on Tuesday night.

AND in other news, Forget Raphinha: “Immense” £53k-p/w Leeds gem who had 62 touches stole the show vs Palace…