Neil Redfearn has lauded Mateusz Klich as the Leeds United star seemingly made his final appearance for the club on Wednesday, telling BBC Radio Leeds that he has earned the emotional send off he received after their draw with West Ham.
Klich will soon become the latest promotion hero to leave Elland Road. His future has been up in the air for some time after falling down the pecking order under Jesse Marsch.
All 14 of his Premier League appearances this season have come from the bench, including this week’s dramatic draw with the Hammers.
Redfearn lauds Klich as he closes in on Leeds exit
The Poland international came on for the final half-hour. And he was able to make an impact as Leeds pushed for a winner in the latter stages.
Unbeknownst to many however, it has proved to be Klich’s final game for the Whites. Journalist Tom Bogert claimed on Twitter ahead of the game that he was very close to signing for DC United. And he suggested that tonight would be his last game for Leeds.
And that was essentially confirmed at full-time. The players gave Klich a guard of honour as the 32-year-old clearly looked emotional.
It was fitting goodbye for such a brilliant signing for the Whites. And Redfearn has lauded the midfielder as his exit edges closer.
“That’s a lovely touch to be fair. And he’s earned it,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “He must be desperate to go and play because you look at his mates there, they obviously think the world of him because he’s a character.
“And he plays with his heart on his sleeve and it’s what endears him to his teammates and obviously what endears him to Leeds United supporters, there’s no two ways about that.
“He can be proud of his time at Leeds. Been a good servant to the club. Tremendous.”
Klich deserved to have a big say on when he called time on his Leeds career. He has given so much for the club, particularly when you consider how he was written off under Thomas Christiansen.
The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa changed the game for Klich, as well as several others. And Klich repaid his faith with such a big contribution over the last few years.
It is a big blow for Leeds to lose him this season.
Finding another midfielder for the squad may be doable.
But replacing Klich is simply impossible.