Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich has lifted the lid on the moment he just knew he had to turn his career round at Elland Road.
The Poland star has stepped up to the Premier League with ease and has been a consistent figure in Marcelo Bielsa’s midfield.
Indeed, so good is Klich that Bielsa claimed the midfielder was “good enough to play in any side in the world”.
Klich underlined his growing confidence with another stellar display on Saturday as Leeds carved out a 1-0 win at Everton.
While the headlines belonged to both matchwinner Raphinha and man of the match Kalvin Phillips, Klich also impressed.
But it wasn’t always a bed of roses for Klich at Elland Road. Indeed, after signing for £1.5m from FC Twente in 2017, the player made only nine appearances before being farmed out on loan.
Upon his exit that season, Klich has detailed a conversation he held with Angus Kinnear. He underlined to the Leeds chief executive that this wouldn’t be the end for him and he was determined to come back to Leeds and prove his worth.
“I went on loan to Holland but I told Angus that I had unfinished business at Leeds. When I spoke to him, I said I know I can play here,” he told talkSPORT.
“I was training here, I was close to the team and I knew I could do it but I just didn’t have the chance to prove it.
“I went on loan, I did everything I could to be back. Then Marcelo Bielsa came and he transformed me.
“The rest is history.”
Klich on Leeds turnaround
The appointment of Bielsa has obviously been a key moment in not just Leeds’ history, but also for several players.
Klich admits the Argentine’s arrival turned it round for him at Elland Road.
However, he also admits he had two personal reasons for wanting to make his Leeds move work.
He felt he had a good chance to reach the Premier League with Leeds. Klich also felt irked by having to constantly move around and wanted to make Leeds his home.
He said: “I thought it was a good place to be and a place I wanted to stay for longer.
“My career was one season, then a season on loan, then one season here and there. I’d never been longer than two seasons anywhere.
“I wanted to stay for longer and I thought Leeds was the perfect place to do so.
“Especially as we could play in the Premier League – and we made it.”