MOT View: International masterclass proves 24y/o could fill problem area for Leeds

Leeds United defender Robin Koch has enjoyed a brilliant week with Germany, and it hasn’t finished yet.

The Whites enforcer has completed 90 minutes in wins over the Czech Republic and Ukraine, with a massive clash against Spain to come on Tuesday.

Joachim Lowe was massively impressed with Koch on Saturday, claiming that he helped the Germans overcome a tough task.

Koch was utilised in midfield for the Germans.

The 24-year-old was pivotal to his country and played a major role in helping them to another three points in the Nations League.

Defensively, he won three out of five of his defensive duels, as well as completing six interceptions in vital areas [WyScout].

Playing in midfield means that Koch had more responsibility on the ball – completing 93% of his 61 passes and also completing three passes into the penalty areas as he looked to create chances.

With Kalvin Phillips missing recently, Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa have struggled to find a solid replacement during his injury.

Pascal Struijk and Mateusz Klich have both tried and failed, and now Koch has proved that he can do that job to great effect if needed.

With Diego Llorente returning shortly, should Koch be required to play in midfield, his display for the Germans fills us with confidence and proves he can move forward.

Fingers crossed Phillips will be back for the Arsenal game, although the international break has inearthed a new role for the Whites’ defender.

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