Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Joe Donnohue has posted a picture on Twitter of Victor Orta bowing to Mateusz Klich on the Elland Road pitch after Leeds United drew with West Ham – as Klich made his last appearance for the Whites.

Klich, 32, was confirmed as leaving the club on a free transfer to join MLS side DC United on Wednesday evening. It came after he came off the bench to clock up his 194th outing for Leeds – joining the Whites in the summer of 2017.

A player that was a crucial cog in the side that ended our 16-year wait for Premier League football. A player that has since been an ever-present in the Premier League since returning in 2020. He has his own song, part of the furniture.

But after failing to make Poland’s World Cup squad, and failing to start a Premier League game all season – Klich is going. He is set to join Wayne Rooney’s DC United – where he will team up with Christian Benteke and Ravel Morrison.

Plenty of tributes have come in. Barry Douglas and a number of Leeds players. Donnohue posted a picture on Twitter of how Orta paid tribute to Klich on the Elland Road pitch after the game, bowing to Klich and tying his shoelace.

Picture of Orta bowing to Klich after Leeds drew with West Ham

Orta and Klich are similar characters. Passionate, and often in the media for expressing their views about Leeds. But both loved by Leeds fans, and very difficult to replace. Orta now has that job, having to replace Klich in our midfield.

LeedsUnited.News writer Jordan Harris summed it up perfectly, on Wednesday night: “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.”

Leeds can bring in a midfielder and might feel they already have done, in Darko Gyabi. But, replacing the character, the man behind the scenes, it cannot be done. Leeds will miss Klich and it will be a while before Leeds have another one.

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