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‘It may prove too tempting’ – PL side on the hunt for Leeds United first-team ace: Six Pointer

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After losing the likes of Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe during the summer transfer window, Leeds fans will have been relieved to see it slam shut.

However, it has not taken long for more worrying rumours to emerge, with Football Insider reporting that Burnley are ready to make a January move for Mateusz Klich.

But what should we make of the rumours?

Tackling today’s six-pointer is FLW writer, Louie Chandler…

Should Leeds fans be concerned?

“I think they should be.

“Klich has less than a year left on his contract so he is the one holding all the cards here if a January bid does come in from Turf Moor.

“I am sure Klich will not be pushing for a move away but how would he react to the prospect of a bigger contract and Premier League football? It may prove too tempting.”

How much do you expect Burnley will need to pay?

“Whilst I am sure Leeds will slap a high price-tag on the first team member, especially at the half-way point of the season, I am not convinced that Burnley will have to break the bank.

“The Pole is 29 and will have around seven months left on his deal when January roles around – neither of those things add up to a big transfer fee.

“It may come down to what the player wants. Bielsa has shown he has no interest in keeping players who would rather be somewhere else, and if that situation comes to pass, I cannot see it being much more than £1million.”

What reasons would he have for leaving?

“His age would be the primary factor.

“At 29, Klich will not have too many more years left at the current level he is playing at and it would be hard to blame him wanting to ensure he gets to play in the Premier League before that time elapses.

“If, come January, Leeds are not in too strong a position and Burnley come in with an offer, I would not begrudge him a move away.”

Do you think he could regret making the move?

“Of course, there is always a risk of that.

“If he leaves and Leeds go on to win promotion back to the Premier League without him, then I am certain that he would regret not being a part of that.

“But if he then starts shining in the top-flight, those feelings may quickly subside anyway.”

Is he ready for the Premier League?

“It is really hard to say.

“Whilst he has been very good for Leeds over the last year and a bit, you get the feeling that he is, and has been, playing well above what is expected of him.

“Even then, I am not convinced that level is that of a Premier League player.”

Would he suit Burnley’s style of play?

“It would be hard to make a shift in styles than moving from a Marcelo Bielsa team to a Sean Dyche one.

“I imagine the number of goals and assists he acquired would drop significantly.

“But, at the same time, both Dyche and Bielsa demand their players work hard and there is no doubt at all that Klich would be able to do that.”

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