Lots of Leeds United fans have been going crazy on social media, after LUFC Data revealed that Mateusz Klich has completed more successful final third passes than any other Championship player thus far this season.
The Poland international has been one of the most integral pieces of boss Marcelo Bielsa’s jigsaw in 2019/20, having started all 33 of our second-tier fixtures and playing the fourth-most minutes (2,820) of the squad.
Only Ben White (2,970) and Stuart Dallas (2,914) have played more minutes of league action than Klich among Bielsa’s outfield options, while only Jack Harrison (six), Pablo Hernandez (four) and Luke Ayling (three) have created more goals than the 29-year-old (two).
Klich’s numbers are down on those of last season, having been credited with six of his season-total eight assists by the 33rd game of the campaign, while also netting seven of his ten – the 23-cap ace has three league goals this season.
Can Bielsa's system work without Klich?
Regardless of his decline in overall goal impact, Klich’s output is up there with the best having found teammates with a second-tier-high 565 final third passes – 75 more than second-most man Brentford winger Said Benrahma (490)
Hernandez is the only other United player to feature in the top ten for completed final third passes with 460 (fifth-most in the league).
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Klich leading the division for completed final third passes this season…
Klick just needs a goooal. Klich just needs a goooaal! https://t.co/rl80lqbMqD
— Lee Sanderson (@Lee_Dog) February 21, 2020
When Klich clicks Leeds click. Much better with Phillips in the side. Quality player , keep it going Mateusz. MOT. #alaw.
— Mark Lazell (@LazellMark) February 20, 2020
And people still don’t see what Klich does for the team, he’s the engine in this team he never stops, & when Phillips is in the team you see the best from Klich seeing those runs from midfield into the box. An absolute immense players
— Barney (@barney___21) February 20, 2020
‘Cos he’s da bomb!@Cli5hy
— Kelly’s Eye💙💛 (@RRHand808) February 20, 2020
Mateusz is the daddy 👏👏👏
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) February 20, 2020
…if he was to net a few more goals he’d be almost perfect !
— Mark P Makey (@markpmakey) February 20, 2020
The man is a fine mustard lethal 👌
— Andrew Kidd (@Andykidd57) February 20, 2020
And some people want him dropped and for Bamford to drop in midfield 😂😂😂@douthwaite69
— Sam Jackson 💙💛 (@samjackson23) February 20, 2020
He’s totally underrated does so much unnoticed hard graft
— James Lowe (@jameslowe18) February 20, 2020
Quality player 💙💛 https://t.co/rVTrAvmNvP
— Joe Topping (@topping_joe) February 20, 2020
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