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Elland Road star gives glowing reference to man who saved his Leeds United career

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Mateusz Klich was a pariah at Leeds United last season, that word on this occasion means outcast.

The 28-year-old made four Championship appearances for the club last term, three being from the substitutes bench.

League Cup and FA Cup ties were other occasions he found game time handed to him – between August and January before a loan move to FC Utrecht for the remainder of last season.

His career at Elland Road, for all intents and purposes, looked to be up having been shunned my then manager Thomas Christiansen.

No goals and no assists came for him in England last year, but this term has been supremely different.

It has been a marked improvement from the Poland international under Marcelo Bielsa, a man he credits for getting his Leeds career back on track.

Klich has been a league ever-present for the Whites this term, featuring in all 37 Championship games – from pariah to permanent member of the team in the space of a summer.

He has eight goals to his name – his best scoring season to date, as well as registering seven assists – the highest tally of his career, too.

The turnaround has been incomprehensible to the player the club had on their books this time last season.

And Klich has one man to thank for the faith shown in him and helping him improve and develop his all-round game.

Klich was quoted by Leeds Live: “As a player if I have confidence from a coach like this, I feel much better on the pitch.

“I used to have coaches where if I play one bad game I’m straight on the bench, straight in the stands, so that don’t really help.

“If you have not the best game and you’re still playing it helps you because you can show your skills.

“If you play bad and you’re straight on the bench you’re afraid to show yourself because you don’t want to make mistakes. If you don’t’ want to make mistakes, you can’t play your game.

“It helps a lot, and I’m very happy with this season.”

The verdict

It just goes to show that football is indeed all about opinions.

One man’s rags are another’s riches – and Klich is a prime example of that.

Bielsa had faith in the midfielder to help develop him and saw potential when others did not.

The fans had certainly lost faith, too, with an Elland Road exit looking on the cards until the Argentinian walked through the door.

And showing faith in Klich has proven to be one of Bielsa’s best decision this season as it has paid dividends time and time again throughout the campaign.

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