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Why Leeds United figures need to act quickly to avoid potential player problems: Comment

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Leeds United have enjoyed a strong start to the season, with the Whites third in the Championship and looking capable of pushing for the title this season.

And, the good news continued for the Yorkshire outfit this week, as Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas all signed new long-term deals to stay at Elland Road.

However, there is still more work for the club to do when it comes to securing new contracts for members of the current squad, with Mateusz Klich surely a priority.

The Polish international has entered the final 12 months of his deal with Leeds and Football Insider claim that Burnley are monitoring his situation as they weigh up a potential move for the midfielder.

Of course, his contract situation means that he would be available for a cut-price in January – or on a free in the summer.

That gives Klich power when it comes to negotiating with Leeds and it means they could be in a position where they need to sell if an agreement can’t be reached.

Worryingly, this is just the latest example of this happening at the club.

Northern Ireland international Bailey Peacock-Farrell moved to Turf Moor for a relatively modest £2.5m in the summer and that fee was partly because he was coming into the final year of his contract.

Similarly, the Whites top scorer from the previous campaign, Kemar Roofe, left for Anderlecht as he was in the same situation.

It has to be said that you can understand why Leeds are reluctant to hand out long contracts to players. Things change quickly in football and you could be left with someone on a big wage that isn’t contributing like they once were.

Having said that, there has to be a balance, and right now the Championship side seem to be taking a lot of risks but the work that Marcelo Bielsa is doing with the team means they aren’t highlighted as much as they perhaps should have been.

As well as that, securing a player on a lengthy deal ensures that you can’t get bullied in the transfer market and can hold out for a fair price for your players.

Even though the Leeds hierarchy deserve a lot of credit for the work they have done in the past 18 months, they still haven’t got everything right when it comes to rewarding the current group – and they will be hoping they don’t pay for it by losing the influential Klich on the cheap.

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