Polish journalist Tomasz Włodarczyk has told Meczyki’s YouTube channel that Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich will feel the “most disappointed” of the Polish players overlooked – after he failed to make Poland’s World Cup squad.
Klich, 32, started on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup but failed to stop Leeds from suffering a 1-0 defeat to Wolves. Leeds crashed out of the tournament in the third round. It was only Klich’s second start of the season.
It comes after claims from Jesse Marsch that he might have left, in order to boost his chances of making Poland’s World Cup squad. But he has been overlooked – a decision manager Czesław Michniewicz said was “not easy”.
It is hardly surprising given Klich’s lack of game time. The experienced midfielder has failed to even come off the bench in our last two games – wins over Bournemouth and Liverpool. Włodarczyk gave his verdict on Klich’s axe.
“The biggest surprise for me is Klich. He may feel the most disappointed that he will not be there, because in my opinion he has the skills to give something. We talked about creative players. Klich is that,” Włodarczyk said.
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Włodarczyk: Leeds midfielder Klich will feel the most disappointed
It is a real shame for Klich. The midfielder has hardly put a foot wrong, albeit maybe a downturn in form slightly. But ultimately, if he was going to be a part of the squad, he had to leave Leeds in the summer to get regular game time.
Whether that would have been a return to his home country, a move back to The Netherlands where he has previously impressed, or elsewhere. Where does the future lie for Klich? Well, next summer might see his departure.
Even, potentially, as early as January. He will know that if he is to have any chance of what could be a last tournament at Euro 2024, then leaving Leeds is crucial. January could give him that opportunity.