Leeds United defender Robin Koch has endured a rollercoaster couple of weeks for both club and country.
After shining against Aston Villa, the 24-year-old made numerous mistakes against both Leicester and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Koch was tormented by Jamie Vardy and was then overpowered by Scott Dann as he struggled with the physicality of the players against him.
The international break appears to have helped massively.
Koch played the entire 90 minutes for Germany on Wednesday evening, and they managed to win the clash 1-0.
The Leeds defender was superb and certainly bounced back from his recent struggles in club football that will no doubt give him a big confidence boost.
Looking at his stats on WyScout, Koch managed to win 100% of his defensive duels against the Czechs and also four out of five of his loose ball duels.
How about in the air? Koch has shown fragility in the Premier League, but he won three out of five of his battles off the ground – a massive improvement.
Phil Hay has reported that Diego Llorente could return against Arsenal after the break, and that could have put Koch’s place at risk.
With Leeds conceding eight goals in their previous two games, there had started to be question marks raised over whether changes needed to be made.
Marcelo Bielsa will have been closing a keep eye on the performance of Koch of Wednesday, and it was a timely reminder that he doesn’t want to lose his spot.
This Wednesday masterclass proves that the 24-year-old has bounced back from recent poor displays and should keep his spot against Arsenal.
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