Leeds United duo Gomes and Klich have same problem at different stages of their careers

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

The Leeds United midfielders appear to be a long way from a regular first-team place this season.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Leeds United's summer spending spree meant there were always likely to be some players who were left disappointed with a lack of game time this season and, in the case of midfield, it is Mateusz Klich and Madger Gomes who have been quickly shunted to the periphery.

While the two Leeds players are at differing points in their career, they are in a very similar position at Elland Road right now, neither knowing where their next first-team chance will come from.

Mateusz Klich of Leeds United and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on October...

Klich is the more baffling omission given the 27-year-old's experience and his contribution in Leeds' impressive EFL Cup campaign this season. Gomes started that competition in the starting XI, but has been unable to build on his 20-minute outing against Port Vale and his one and only start against Newport County a few weeks later.

Gomes has since moved swiftly back to the under-23s and looks set for a prolonged spell there as he continues his development, but Klich cannot afford an entire season barely kicking a ball.

Fankaty Dabo of Chelsea FC tackles Madger Gomez of Liverpool during the Premier League International Cup match between Chelsea U21 and Liverpool U21 on September 11, 2015 in Aldershot,...

That looks to be the case unless Leeds suffer a significant injury crisis in the centre of the park or their manager Thomas Christiansen has a major change of heart.

It is an inevitable problem for a side that goes crazy in the summer transfer window, but one wonders what Klich and Gomes are thinking given their own ambitions.

While it would be easy to suggest the latter needs to develop with the second string, his performances for Leeds during pre-season suggested he was ready for Championship minutes, albeit from the bench.

As for Klich, he should be bossing games, not watching them from the terraces, but for now neither is getting exactly what they want.

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