Leeds United have today announced the signing of Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich for an undisclosed fee on a three year deal.
Klich joins us from FC Twente where he had spent the 2016/17 season. The midfielder was a good return of investment for the club having scored 6 goals and made 4 assists.
The 10-capped Polish international is a central midfielder by trait but has the ability to play as a holding or attacking midfielder for Thomas Christiansen's new look side.
Klich spoke about his preference after joining the club saying: "I'm a creative midfielder but I'm not afraid to fight."
The 27-year old has spent a lot of time in European football having played for PEC Zwolle, Kaiserslautern and two spells with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
Klich is Leeds' first new addition this summer joining the permanent acquisitions of Pontus Jansson and Hadi Sacko who's loans spells were made permanent.
The reported £1.5million fee for Klich's services added with the £3.5mil for Jansson and £1.5mil for Sacko means that Leeds first forays into the summer market have cost the club £6.5million, a hefty spend to say we are still in June.
Although many fans will consider Klich a virtually unknown. The move does show one aspect that Radrizzani has bought in since taking over the club, a proper scouting network.
With the addition of Victor Orta came Spanish scout Dani Salas who's role is classed as 'Head of European Scouting'. With the addition of Salas and other European scouts Leeds have the option to beat off competition for high potential players for small fees, a move in the right direction.
Leeds have now also been linked with moves for enticing pair Egzjan Alioski and Sumuel Saiz, both players look flamboyant and well worth a punt. Leeds are back on the map and signing proper players again, rejoice.
A quick note on how the deal came about- Klich was mentioned as a potential signing from Boro boss and all time snake Garry Monk prior to his departure and apparently Boro were then interested in signing player. Take that you t***! Leeds will always be bigger.
Klich will now become the first Polish player to feature for Leeds United but possibly not for long! Leeds are currently in a partnership with the 'Polish Football Academy' with scout Jacob Bokiej being very vocal on his work with the club. Bokiej has stated that he has links to both Leeds and Manchester City and two young Polish players have joined Leeds youth setup as part of the deal.
A good move, a talented player and a cheap validation - all things point in the right direction. So how's about not complaining until you've seen him with a Leeds shirt?
By Ryan Ingham
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