Mateusz Klich has warned Leeds that free-kick situations are ‘basically a penalty’ for James Ward-Prowse ahead of his side’s meeting with Southampton this evening.
Leeds host Southampton in the Premier League tonight with just two points currently separating the two teams in the table, the home side hopeful of securing a victory that will move them above Wolves and Arsenal and into the division’s top half.
Ahead of the clash Klich has been discussing the strengths of the visiting Saints who have endured a drop in fortunes following a positive start to the campaign, last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea stopping a run of six consecutive league defeats.
Southampton have dropped to 14th after briefly topping the Premier League for the first time in November, but Klich is wary of the threat posed by Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side and has warned Leeds over the dangers of giving away cheap free kicks given the dead-ball ability of Ward-Prowse.
“They were unbelievable [in the opening few months of the season],” Klich told leedsunited.com.
“They play really good football, ball possession, aggressive, they run a lot as well. To be fair, they play very similarly to us, although they score more free kick goals!
“We know we have to make sure we don’t kick anyone around the edge of the box, because it’s basically a penalty for James Ward-Prowse!”