Mateusz Bogusz

Mateusz Piotr Bogusz (born 22 August 2001) is a Polish footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English club Leeds United, and the Poland national under-21 team. Bogusz started his career at Polish side Ruch Chorzów, before signing for Leeds United in January 2019. He made his league debut for the club in July 2020, before spending the 2020–21 season on loan at Segunda División side UD Logroñés.

Mateusz Bogusz
Personal information
Full name Mateusz Piotr Bogusz[1]
Date of birth (2001-08-22) 22 August 2001 (age 19)
Place of birth Ruda Śląska, Poland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 44
Youth career
Gwiazda Ruda Śląska
2011–2018 Ruch Chorzów
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2019 Ruch Chorzów 32 (5)
2019– Leeds United 1 (0)
2020–2021Logroñés (loan) 23 (1)
National team
2017 Poland U16 1 (0)
2017–2018 Poland U17 15 (1)
2018– Poland U19 7 (2)
2019– Poland U20 1 (0)
2019– Poland U21 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:55, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2020

Club career

Ruch Chorzów

Born in Ruda Śląska, Bogusz started his youth career at Polish side Ruch Chorzów before making his first-team debut at 16 years old during the 2017–18 I liga in I liga on 4 March 2018 in a 2–0 win against Bytovia Bytów.[2]

In 2018, his impressive form for the side meant that Bogusz was offered a trial at Italian Serie A Side S.S.C. Napoli,[3] however he was not granted permission by Ruch Chorzów.[4] He made 13 appearances for the side during the 2017–18 season but was unable to prevent Ruch Chorzów being relegated from I liga.[5]

Despite being just 16, he was given the number 10 shirt for the 2018/19 season.[6] He scored his first goal for Ruch Chorzów on 27 October 2018 against Błękitni Stargard.[7] He scored his sixth goal of the II liga season on 19 January 2019 in a 4–1 win against Ruch Radzionków in what appeared to be his final game for the club,[8] as on 22 January 2019, Ruch Chorzów announced that a fee had been agreed with English Championship side Leeds United to sign the player.[9]

Leeds United

Bogusz joined English EFL Championship side Leeds United on 29 January 2019 for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.[10] He became Leeds' second signing of the 2019 January transfer window after the signing of Kiko Casilla.[11] He was part of Carlos Corberán's Leeds United under 23's side that won the PDL Northern League 2018–19 season, before becoming the national Professional Development League champions following victory over Birmingham City in the final.[12][13] He was named in the first-team squad for the first time on 28 April 2019 as an unused substitute in a 1–1 draw against Aston Villa and featured on the bench three more times that season.[14]

Bogusz featured in the club's first-team during the pre-season ahead of the 2019–20 season, featuring in 16 Marcelo Bielsa's 16-man squad for Leeds'-season tour of Australia for matches against Manchester United and West Sydney Wanderers, and scoring against the latter.[15][16] He made his senior debut for Leeds on 27 August 2019 in an EFL Cup match against Stoke City, with Leeds losing on 4–5 on penalties after a 2–2 draw in normal time.[17][18] After the English professional football season was paused in March 2020 due to Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football, the season was resumed during June, where Leeds earned promotion to the Premier League as Championship champions for the 2019–20 season,[19] with Bogusz making his league debut for the club in the final game of the season in a 4–0 victory against Charlton Athletic.[20]

His first start of the 2020–21 season came on 16 September 2020 for Premier League Leeds in a 1–1 draw against EFL League One side Hull City in the EFL Cup, with Hull winning 9-8 on penalties.[21] Bogusz was then named as an unused substitute in the following Premier League game against Fulham on 19 September after an injury to Pablo Hernández.[22] Bogusz signed a new three-year contract with Leeds on 11 August 2020.[23] On 5 October 2020, deadline day, Bogusz joined Spanish Segunda División side UD Logroñés on loan for the 2020–21.[24] He scored once in 24 appearances as the club finished 20th in the league and were relegated.[14][25]

International career

Bogusz has represented Poland at international level at several age groups.[26] On 13 May 2019, Bogusz was called up to the Poland U20 for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

On 19 August 2019, Bogusz was called up to the Poland U21s for the first time for matches against Latvia U21 and Estonia U21s in September 2019.[27] With Bogusz making his Poland U21s debut on 10 September against Estonia U21s in a 4–0 win.[28] On 5 September 2020, Bogusz scored his first goals for Poland U21s by scoring a brace in a 6-0 win against Estonia U21s.[29]

Style of play

Bogusz plays mainly as an attacking midfielder in the number 10 role. In Poland he was known for his technical ability and eye for goal.[30] He can also play as a central midfielder or as a deep-lying midfielder.[31][32]

Career statistics

As of 6 June 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Ruch Chorzów 2017–18[14] I liga 13010140
2018–19[14] II liga 19500195
Total 3251000335
Leeds United 2018–19[33] Championship 0000000000
2019–20[34] Championship 1000100020
2020–21[35] Premier League 0000100010
Total 1000200030
Logroñés (loan) 2020–21[14] Segunda División 23110241
Career total 566202000606


    Leeds United


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