Back in January, Leeds United director of football Victor Orta revealed that Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch is someone who features on his shortlist of possible targets.
Since January, Leeds have remained in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League and before the coronavirus-enforced suspension of football, the Whites were top of the Championship table and seven points clear of third.
Leeds have a good chance of being a Premier League club next season and that means that Freiburg’s Kock could become a realistic target.
And that is not the only boost that Leeds may have had in their monitoring of the Germany international with the defender confirming that he is looking to move away from Freiburg.
“It’s difficult to say in the current situation, nobody knows how things will continue,” Koch told German newspaper BILD.
“It’s clear that I want to take the next step. But first of all, I hope that the coronavirus will be contained, that normality will quickly prevail and that we will be able to play again.
“There were inquiries from big clubs, so it’s a topic you have to deal with. But I still have a contract in Freiburg until 2021.
“The club will decide how to go on. But, logically, I’m thinking about it.”
Koch would be a superb addition for Leeds if they did win promotion and if he did eventually pack his bags and quit Freiburg in the next transfer window.
Stats by WyScout show that Koch is a ball-playing defender who might be able to replace Ben White when his loan spell at Elland Road ends.
Koch has completed 88.8 per cent of his total passes this season and 59.6 per cent of his long-range passes.
In comparison, White has completed 88.2 per cent of all the passes he’s attempted this term and 48.1 per cent of his long-range passes.
It is worth noting that Koch has completed those passes at the pinnacle of German football for a team placed eighth in the league whereas White’s numbers are not as good while playing for a team top of England’s second-tier.
Koch could be a superb signing for Leeds if Orta is able to turn his interest into a concrete attempt to sign the wantaway Freiburg ace.
It’s not every day when a Germany international becomes a potential signing for the Yorkshire giants.
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