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Marsch may already have Leeds' ideal Klich heir at Thorp Arch in 18 y/o "little star" - opinion

Football FanCast logo Football FanCast 02/09/2022 James Thompson
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Leeds United currently have the joint-second youngest squad in the Premier League, with an average age of 24.8 according to Transfermarkt.

However, the Whites still have a number of figures in their squad who have hit or gone over the age of 30.

One of these players is Mateusz Klich, who, at the age of 32, is currently the oldest member of Jesse Marsch’s squad.

Having made 185 appearances for Leeds across all competitions since his arrival in 2017, during which time he has scored 24 goals and delivered 21 assists, the Poland international is one of the more experienced figures at Elland Road.

With the recent arrivals of Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson, he’s been pushed down to the substitutes bench and is without a start in the Premier League so far this season.

Another figure who made a move to Elland Road during the recent summer transfer window and could be seen as an ideal long-term heir for the Leeds veteran is Darko Gyabi.

Signed from fellow Premier League side Manchester City back in July on a four-year deal worth around £5m, the 18-year-old has only been involved in one of Leeds’ senior match day squads, which came in their opening league game of the season against Wolves where he was an unused substitute.

However, he has made four league appearances for Leeds’ U21 side, where he’s scored one goal and provided one assist, both of which came during their recent 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest’s U21 side.

The fact that he not only managed to get his name on the scoresheet in that game but also set up another one of Leeds’ goals shows just how dangerous and creative he can be in an attacking sense, which is similar to Klich, who has an almost identical number of goals and assists to his name for the club.

To further highlight what sort of character and player he is, one of Gyabi’s previous coaches, Steve Owen, had this to say about the young midfielder.

He said: “He’s level-headed, he’s got all the talent. He was a little star from the start.”

Taking into account Klich’s age and the fact that his current contract at Elland Road is set to expire in the summer of 2024, if the midfielder does end up leaving Leeds at that point, this should give Gyabi enough time to develop his game and prove to Marsch that he has what it takes to be a regular first-team player for the club.

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