Tony Dorigo has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Victor Orta has got to bring in a replacement for Mateusz Klich amid reports the Poland star could be set to leave Leeds United – stating the Whites are somewhat light in midfield.

Klich, 32, is set for a January exit. MLS reporter Tom Bogert says Wayne Rooney’s DC United are closing in on a move to bring the ex-Wolfsburg midfielder to America. His contract at Elland Road is due to expire in June 2024.

The midfielder has clocked up 192 appearances for Leeds, but it looks set to come to an end. Having a hand in 45 goals, he has been iconic for Leeds over the years. But, a lack of game time saw him miss out on a World Cup spot.

Asked about Klich leaving, Dorigo gave his verdict. He believes that he can still provide an impact but understands why Klich would want a Leeds exit. Dorigo says it is crucial that if he does leave, Leeds must sign a replacement.

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Dorigo: Orta has got to bring in a Leeds replacement for Klich

“He can and does produce telling contributions when asked to, but you can see why he would like to go. From a Leeds point of view we’re a little thin on the ground in that midfield area,” Dorigo said, to the Evening Post.

“Clearly one or two players can play those positions. Yet to have someone like Mateusz Klich to come off the bench I think is important. So I certainly think if he is allowed to go, there has to be a replacement for that position.”

Klich has been a wonderful servant for Leeds but it is time for him to go. Leeds should offer him that courtesy. Whether of not he wants to go is another question. But Give Me Sport claim Klich is ‘annoyed’ at Elland Road.

A move to the MLS would certainly do the trick. Playing in a lesser league like the MLS would not harm his chances of a potential push to play at Euro 2024 in 18 months time. But Dorigo is right, Leeds need a replacement for him.

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