As reported by The Sun over the weekend, Burnley could be looking to Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich to bolster their midfield ranks.
The Polish midfielder isn’t the only player at Elland Road that is being widely coveted by Premier League clubs, with holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips being the subject of interest from Aston Villa as well as Champions League finalists Spurs.
This summer has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the Whites faithful, as the club has signed Portuguese winger Helder Costa as well as a variety of other players in an attempt to strengthen the squad, only to then lose cult hero Pontus Jansson to Championship rivals Brentford as well as a number of academy players including young centre back Aapo Halme.
If the Yorkshire club loses Klich, it could put a severe dent in Marcelo Bielsa’s playoff hopes, as the former FC Utrecht midfielder was the only player to start every league game last season.
A further reason as to why Klich is an integral cog in the Bielsa machine is his goal contributions from midfield, scoring ten and assisting nine last season, the Pole had the second most goal contributions in the whole team last season.
With Leeds scoring the second fewest goals in the top six last season, it is so essential that the club does not further weaken their goalscoring impetus by losing Klich to the Premier League. Although the loss of Phillips could be seen as the more significant loss by many Leeds fans, the impact that the loss of Klich would have would put Leeds in a much worse predicament.
Leeds conceded the second least amount of goals in the top six last season, but since then the defensive foundation of the team has been weakened this summer by the sale of Jansson as well as a couple of academy defenders. So blunting the attack at Elland Road by losing their second most significant contributor would leave Bielsa’s side with a majorly reduced chance of returning to the big time next season.