By Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:32 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 01:02 BST, 21 September 2020
It was three years ago this week that Mateusz Klich experienced a particularly bad night in Cardiff which seemed to spell the end between him and Leeds United.
He picked the wrong boots, did not try to change them and offered the sum total of nothing in a bruising 3-1 defeat, which left the Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen reluctant even to look him in the eye. The Pole was sent back to the country he'd arrived from - Holland - on a loan deal with Utrecht which seemed sure to become permanent.
Marcelo Bielsa does not appear to have offered any general advice to Klich when he found him languishing back at Leeds. He simply trusted in his ability to coach him, rather than head straight to the transfer market in the modern way. It took Bielsa less than a season to calculate that Klich thrived beyond the halfway line, rather than behind it, and that he was someone who needed space to play in.
Mateusz Klich has turned around his fortunes at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa's guidance
The outcome has been evident in two games of Premier League football during which the 30-year-old has hinted that he may become a hugely significant part of a breathtaking Leeds narrative this season.
To go with the devastating goal he scored at Anfield was the stellar moment of Saturday's creative display against