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Leeds: Bielsa should drop Robin Koch v Burnley

After going four matches without a victory in the Premier League, Leeds United will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they take on Burnley at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in their last top-flight outing, with the Whites missing a number of players due to injury or illness. However, one man who did make his long-awaited return was Robin Koch, but it’s safe to say that the German did not really hit the ground running.

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As per Sofascore, his 5.9 match rating was the worst by far of any Leeds player on the pitch, losing possession 11 times, winning just three of his seven duels and committing two fouls as well.

Writing in his post-match player ratings for Leeds Live, Beren Cross gave him a measly five, saying: “Could tell the Germany international had been rushed back to combat the injury crisis ripping through Thorp Arch. Looked edgy and rusty. Bulldozed by Alexandre Lacazette and turned easily by neat passing triangles throughout the game.”

Koch was a liability against Arsenal, and whether it was through rust or lack of match fitness, he just didn’t seem to be at the races.

The German had a injury-hit debut campaign at Elland Road last season, playing just 17 times in the Premier League and missing a number of games with a knee problem between December and March.

It was quite telling that, in April, reports emerged that Bielsa thought the 25-year-old was too soft to be an elite Premier League player and felt that the likes of Llorente, Cooper and Pascal Struijk had all overtaken him in the pecking order.

With Burnley likely to bring a physical approach to their play when they take on Leeds, it might make more sense for Bielsa to axe Koch from his starting line-up and instead bring back in Diego Llorente, who has been passed fit.

The £8.5m-rated centre-back needs to be taken out of the firing line.

Meanwhile, this Championship ace “would jump” at the chance to join Leeds…

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