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Leeds need to sign Gvardiol after Koch’s nightmare start

Leeds United had the best defensive record in the Championship last season, but after two games in the Premier League, they have the joint-second worst record in the division.

Indeed, Marcelo Bielsa has watched on as his side have conceded seven goals in their opening two games, including three penalties, and if these sort of defensive lapses continue, they will be punished week after week.

The Whites bookmarked their defence as an area that needed strengthening this summer after Ben White returned to Brighton, and they made that happen with the signing of Germany international Robin Koch.

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However, Koch’s first two games haven’t quite gone to plan, he’s played every minute for Leeds so far, and he’s been nothing short of woeful, giving away a penalty in each game he has played, while picking up an average WhoScored rating of just 6.38.

Koch may still end up being a quality player, after all, he has been picked for the German national team by Joachim Low, but something seemingly needs to change for him to realise his full potential.

Perhaps a bit of meaningful competition would push Koch to that next level, and Leeds landing €25m-rated (£23m) Josko Gvardiol could provide that.

The Whites have already had a €22m (£20m) bid knocked back, but the interest is quite clearly there and they should splash the cash to make it happen.

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At the moment the number one understudy below Liam Cooper and Koch is Pascal Struijk, and while the youngster looks like a good prospect, he only has a handful of senior appearances to his name, and while the same could be said for Gvardiol, the pricetag will make him seem like a real competitor for a starting spot.

Away from the fact that this signing could push Koch up a gear, Gvardiol arriving could be vital in replacing either Koch or Cooper, after all, conceding seven goals in your first two games is relegation form, no matter how good you have been going forward, so that may be a change Bielsa looks to implement a little further down the line.

Article title: Leeds need to sign Gvardiol after Koch’s nightmare start

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