Foot Mercato journalist Sebastien Denis reports that a deal for Mateusz Klich to leave Leeds United and join Wayne Rooney’s DC United in January is 95% done – with Klich likely to go after a lack of game time at Elland Road.
Klich, 32, has of course, been a mainstay for us over the years. The Poland star has an enormous 192 appearances under his belt at Elland Road. A crucial part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side that finally got Leeds out of the Championship.
But since promotion, he has struggled to nail down his place in the starting line-up. This season, Klich needed game time to show Polish management he deserved a place in the World Cup squad. But he has failed to start in the league.
He is still capable of a bit of magic, like his goal against Elche to win the Festa d’Elx trophy. But, he does not have that ability to dictate the tempo any more. Journalist Dean Jones recently reported that Klich would be “annoyed” by it.
Then, ahead of January, reports emerged he could be on his way. MLS reporter Tom Bogert said Rooney’s DC United are closing in on a move. Now, Denis reports that a deal is 95% done and move to the MLS in the January window.
The Foot Mercato journalist’s Tweet is translated as below: “Info: Mateusz Klich will leave Leeds United. The Polish international midfielder is set to join MLS outfit DC United. Deal completed at 95%.”
While it is sad to see Klich go, it is best for his career – and his dwindling influence on the international scene. Klich is a player with enormous technical ability and the skill to change a game. But the pace of the Premier League is too much.
He needs a league where the quality is less. Where he can get on the ball and show what he is all about. In the MLS, he will do just that. Klich will join a side that also boasts Christian Benteke, Ravel Morrison and other recognisable names.