Despite Leeds’ most pressing concerns in the new year being adding a striker and a left-back to Jesse Marsch’s squad, departures are expected to be on the cards.
Mateusz Klich was flirting with an exit during the summer window, as it became clear he was not part of the starting lineup under Marsch.
Now, journalist Graeme Bailey has outlined that the midfielder is a likely exit from Elland Road as we head towards the January window (via TEAMtalk):
“Mateusz Klich is a likely January departure – he is clearly down the pecking order at Leeds and that has cost him his place in Poland’s World Cup squad, that is going to hurt. I really don’t see him hanging around at Elland Road too much longer.”
As Leeds prepare for what could be a farewell for Klich, we look at two possible ways that the club could look to replace him…
Should Leeds feel the need to sign someone in January to immediately replace him, bringing in someone of a similar age makes little sense.
Switching up this squad is going to need more young players signed in order to build long-term, and perhaps a look at the Championship’s best could be a worthwhile route.
Bristol City’s Alex Scott looks like a player destined to be playing at a higher level after becoming a regular at Ashton Gate for over a year now.
Whoever replaces Klich wouldn’t be coming to displace a starter in our side, so someone still developing like Scott makes a lot of sense.
Will Klich leave in January?
Darko Gyabi and Sam Greenwood
On a similar train of thought, Marsch and Victor Orta might view the current crop as capable of filling Klich’s shoes.
In Sam Greenwood, Leeds have an attacker more than capable of playing anywhere across the midfield, whether it’s deeper or in an advanced role.
Darko Gyabi might be still a bit off becoming a regular at senior level, but his performance at Wolves in the cup will have encouraged Marsch, and he’s simply too good for the PL2 Division 2.
Klich’s exit might just open the door for these two to become more important players in the Premier League.