Leeds United fell to yet another defeat last night with a 4-1 loss against Arsenal at Elland Road.
The first half couldn’t have been much worse for the home side, with two goals from Gabriel Martinelli and one from Bukayo Saka putting Arsenal 3-0 up, as well as seeing Jack Harrison go off injured, adding another name to an already hefty injury list for the Yorkshire club.
While Raphinha managed to pull a goal back for Leeds from the penalty spot in the second half, Arsenal added another to the scoresheet and ultimately strolled to the three points.
Despite the disappointing result, one Leeds player who put in a solid shift on the day and deserves credit is Mateusz Klich, even though the finger could be pointed at him for a mistake which led to Arsenal’s second goal.
In his 78 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Sam Greenwood as Bielsa looked to secure a positive result, the midfielder had 54 touches of the ball and completed 31 of the 39 passes he attempted, with three key passes and one accurate cross.
He also completed two successful dribbles, won three of his five ground duels and made three clearances and one tackle, showing how useful he was in the centre of the pitch for Leeds.
This display ultimately earned the 31-year-old, who is currently valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, an overall match rating of 7/10. That made him Leeds’ highest-rated outfield player according to SofaScore, higher than goalscorer Raphinha.
The Poland midfielder’s performance shows just how much of a shining light he was for Bielsa in what was yet another dark day for the Yorkshire club and why he may have felt disappointed to be substituted before the full-time whistle.
The Yorkshire Evening Post had some praise for Klich’s efforts by saying that he had “a couple of nice moments in attack” and that he was “better in the second half than the first.”
With the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton out injured, Bielsa may have little choice but to keep Klich in the team for the time being, but his performance against Arsenal showed that the 31-year-old has the quality to be a crucial figure for the Whites in midfield.