Could Leeds target Klich provide the creativity they were lacking in 2016/17?

Thomas Christiansen

Mateusz Klich shone for FC Twente in the Eredivisie last season and could be the kind of midfielder Leeds United need.

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That cash-strapped FC Twente defied the odds to finish in seventh place in the Eredivisie table last season certainly had something to do with their thrilling front three.

From the 18 goals of Enes Unal to the speed of Yaw Yeboah and the creativity of Bersant Celina, the Manchester City loanees made Twente one of the Dutch top flight’s most potent attacking sides in 2016/17.

However, the impact of Mateusz Klich should not be underestimated. The Pole was a pillar of excellence in central midfield, combining excellent work rate and strength in the challenge with the ability to thread the ball through the eye of a needle.

With six goals, four assists and eight yellow cards for Twente last season, Klich cemented his status as one of the Eredivisie’s most talented all-round midfielders.

And though his performances may not always have been given the credit they deserved, it appears that he has at least caught the eye of suitors elesehwere.

Poland's Mateusz Klich in action with Scotland's Scott Brown (L)Poland's Mateusz Klich

Dutch publication Tubantia claims that Twente have rejected a bid from Leeds United for their ten-time Polish international and they are reluctant to sell given that Klich only arrived from Kaiserslautern a year ago.

However, Leeds should not give up hope just yet. After all, Klich is the kind of creative force that the club so badly lacked in the final stretch of last season.

Currently, new manager Thomas Christiansen has plenty of energetic scrappers, a la Liam Bridcutt, Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira, but few players with the ability to carve open an opposition backline with a perfectly weighted pass - the kind of player Garry Monk failed to sign last summer.

And, with a lack of cutting edge costing Leeds a play-off place, he paid the price.

Mateusz Klich - Poland

Klich is the man needed to add some guile to the grit. A bigger offer may be required but the 27-year-old is worth shelling out for.

Shortly after arriving, Christiansen could already achieve what Monk failed; sign a creative central midfielder.

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