Jack Harrison picked up possession on the left wing, striding forward on the greasy turf. His inch-perfect low cross found Mateusz Klich on the edge of the area and the Pole’s first touch was perfect. But his second touch was much the opposite – and has now been mocked by Leeds teammate Robin Koch on Instagram, 24 hours after the match.
Klich, 30, has been in sensational form this season. Not only has he coped with the step up to the Premier League, but the former Wolfsburg and FC Twente midfielder has had a hand in five goals during his nine outings – scoring twice against Liverpool and Fulham, while also laying on three assists.
That should have been six on Sunday. As aforementioned, his right foot touch was impeccable, setting himself up for a left-footed shot from 15 yards out. Leeds fans would have been forgiven for thinking he would have at least tested Bernd Leno in the position he was in – and the time he had earned following his first touch.
But Klich fluffed his lines. His left-foot was clearly the weaker one in this occasion, taking an uncomfortable swipe at the ball – which instead of a shot expected in the Premier League, took the shape of a golfer trying to chip onto the green from close range. The only saving grace was that Klich’s glorious chance was one of a number of golden moments Leeds had to break the deadlock.
Before the match, we would have probably taken a point. Disappointing and heavy defeats to Leicester and Palace left us looking at a decent start – when it could have been an excellent start to Premier League life. A win over Arsenal would have seen Leeds level with Manchester United and above the Gunners.
Klich finding the net might have changed that. But it seems that Leeds have already moved on, and that summer signing Koch has settled in well behind the scenes – teasing his Leeds teammate on Instagram with a picture of himself playing a games console and the caption: “Checking if Mateusz Klich’s left foot is online today.”
Klich responded, as did Luke Ayling and Ian Poveda.