Jesse Marsch hints at shock Leeds exit; Is it the right decision to wave goodbye?
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Jesse Marsch hints at shock Leeds exit; Is it the right decision to wave goodbye?

Marcelo Bielsa once said that Mateusz Klich can play in “all the best teams in the world”. But now, Jesse Marsch has hinted at a possible exit for Polish midfielder Klich, following Sunday’s 6-2 win for Leeds over Cagliari.

Klich’s inclusion in the squad was suggestive. Marsch fielded his strongest XI and gave them all 90 minutes, while the bench was made up of youngsters – and outcasts, including Helder Costa and Ian Poveda.

So, for Klich to be included in that, suggests that perhaps, he has fallen down the pecking order in Marsch’s reckoning. Little surprise, given the additions of Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.

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With the World Cup incoming at the end of the year, Klich will be looking at pre-season and understandably thinking he might need to move. Marsch suggested Klich may have to leave this summer, in order to play for Poland in Qatar.

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“I don’t know,” Marsch said, on Klich’s future. “His mentality has been great. He really wants to go to the World Cup. But I like having Mateusz here. He’s a great guy, and he’s put a lot into this. So we’ll see what happens.”

Marsch has hinted at possible Leeds exit for Klich

From the club’s point of view, is it time to say goodbye to Klich? Over his five years at Leeds, Klich has played 178 times in all competitions. That is, despite going out on loan and struggling at Elland Road in his first season.

He has become a fan favourite of ours. He has his own song. Defensive midfield, box to box, or even as a 10 – Klich has been superb. A mainstay of the promotion-winning side – the player that scored the first goal of Bielsa’s era.

But Klich is now 32. He is only going to deteriorate from this point on and he certainly will not earn a new deal, with his current deal ending in 2024. So, from the club’s point of view, cashing in now makes sense.

Keeping him as cover, given his mentality and love for Leeds, would be ideal. But for his World Cup ambitions, perhaps, letting him go suits all. Even a loan move, just so he can show Poland he is good enough, is worth it.

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