The statistic that proves Mateusz Klich has stepped up in Leeds United’s midfield injury crisis

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Last month, Mateusz Klich recieved plenty of criticism after conceding a last-minute penalty in Leeds United’s 3-2 defeat against Chelsea and some were questioning his future at Elland Road.

However, the Poland international has since put in some improved performances in recent weeks and is proving why he is still an important member of the Whites squad.

Klich has been in and out of the starting XI for the majority of the season, but he has cemented his place as a mainstay in the side following the injury to Kalvin Phillips.

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Adam Forshaw has dropped into a deeper position in Phillips’ absence, with Klich moving alongside him in a midfield two which has worked well despite Leeds’ issues.

The 31-year-old has been allowed to get forward and support the front line, while ensuring he does his defensive duties to keep the Whites secure at the back.

Although Leeds conceded 11 goals in two matches against Manchester City and Arsenal, they looked a lot more secure in the home success over Burnley and solid in the middle of the park.

Klich played an integral role in the 3-1 win and has seemingly found a position that suits his game, becoming one of the most consistent performers in the meantime.

In actual fact, only West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini (11) has created more chances than Klich (10) out of the Other14 clubs in their team’s last five Premier League matches.

Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew sits third on the list with nine, while Jarrod Bowen (9) and Aston Villa’s John McGinn (9) also make up the top-five.

Klich’s Leeds teammate Raphinha has conjured-up seven opportunites in that time and Daniel James is joint-sixth in the creative table with six.

The list includes every team apart from the traditional top-six in Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

In that run, Leeds have faced Brentford, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Burnley – a difficult set of fixtures on paper but it hasn’t affected Klich, who has stood out in the past few weeks.

The former PEC Zwolle man has grabbed one assist from those chances created as he set-up Stuart Dallas’ strike in the victory against Burnley, threading an inch-perfect pass into his feet before he slotted the ball into the corner.

Klich almost notched another another assist in the FA Cup third-round loss at West Ham, however, Jack Harrison was unable to steer home his low cross.

Nevertheless, he will be hoping to build on his up-turn in form heading into the Whites’ second trip to the London Stadium in seven days after the defeat on the weekend.

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