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Leeds: Victor Orta must bin Mateusz Klich in January

Leeds United have seen a number of their first-team stars selected in their respective countries’ squads for the World Cup this week, with both Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson heading to Qatar with the USA, while Rasmus Kristensen also made Denmark’s 26-man squad for the winter tournament.

However, one player who did not make the cut was Mateusz Klich, with the 32-year-old midfielder missing out on Czesław Michniewicz’s final squad after being included in Poland’s initial 47-man shortlist for the competition.

The 41-cap international will undoubtedly be gutted to miss out on the chance at participating in a World Cup, having been a regular part of the Poland squad in recent years, although, considering just how little the midfielder has featured under Jesse Marsch this season, perhaps his exclusion was to be expected.

Indeed, despite the £5.2m-rated talent having featured in 13 of Leeds’ fixtures in all competitions in 2022/23, only two of these appearances have come as starts – both of which were in the Carabao Cup – with the former Twente FC man playing a mere 188 minutes of Premier League football this term.

And, in the limited time that Klich has been on the pitch, he has failed to impress, averaging an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.55 over his 11 top-flight outings – currently ranking him as Marsch’s fifth-worst performer in the league – while the 32-year-old also failed to impress in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Over his 90 minutes on the pitch in the 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the £34k-per-week midfielder lost 100% of his duels, was beaten by an opponent twice and lost possession of the ball on 11 separate occasions – with the veteran being massively outshone in the middle of the park by 18-year-old debutant Darko Gyabi.

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Indeed, Leeds Live’s Beren Cross awarded Klich a five in his player ratings for the match – while the journalist awarded Gyabi a seven – as well as stating of the Poland international’s performance: “Popped up with the odd decent pass, but nothing to really hurt the hosts.”

As such, without meaning to add insult to injury, considering just how rapidly the player who Joe Wainman dubbed “lacklustre” has fallen off this season, it would appear as if there is not much of a future for the midfielder at Elland Road, with Victor Orta looking to secure the 32-year-old’s exit from the club this January appearing to be a move that would suit all parties.