The Leeds United camp and fanbase will be united in their delight over their most recent Premier League result. The Whites were victorious over a bamboozled Southampton side who shipped three goals at Elland Road last time out. Despite their range of injury problems, the Whites are managing to keep the ship afloat and currently sit in a very respectable 10th place.
Jamie Shackleton and Mateusz Klich were the latest to suffer setbacks, but Phil Hay has provided a bit of good news for those worrying about Leeds’ squad depth.
The Athletic reporter has confirmed that summer signing Robin Koch is due back in training next week. The German will return after a length spell on the sidelines – a knee problem that has seen him miss a total of 16 matches so far, as per Transfermarkt.
Leeds signed the centre-back for a reported £13million last summer, beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspur to his signature. Upon arrival, he immediately became part of Marcelo Bielsa’s set-up and played every single minute of Premier League action until his knee injury forced him off the pitch against Chelsea back in December. In that time, he kept four clean sheets and established himself as a strong partner to captain Liam Cooper.
Koch’s defensive influence has been noticed by many, both domestically and internationally. His former teammate Vincenzo Grifo lauded his abilities and described him as a “monster” centre-back who has what it takes to become a “world class” player.
He is widely regarded and has a clear influence on the pitch. Compared to fellow centre-back Pascal Struijk, Koch averages more accurate per match and wins more aerial duels, highlighting his danger in the air, according to WhoScored.
Having Koch back in training is a huge boost for Leeds, as they aren’t far away now from reuniting him with with the skipper in the heart of the defence.
In other news, Phil Hay update hints at a new Leeds contract for Bielsa…