MOT View: Radrizzani decision y'day may suggest Leeds are hot on heels of reported £10.5m ace
Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani had the choice of a number of Bundesliga matches to watch yesterday (Saturday) but opted to tune into Freiburg’s 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig.
Why is that interesting? Leeds have been linked with Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch since Victor Orta revealed in January that the 23-year-old is someone who he has compiled a scouting report on [Yorkshire Evening Post].
Koch is a Germany international who has been integral to Freiburg’s season, playing in all but one of their matches across all competitions to make 27 appearances and score two goals in the process.
As Radrizzani watched Koch’s Freiburg on Saturday, the German came close to bagging his third of the season until VAR ruled it out in the dying moments of the match.
Writing via his personal Twitter account, the Leeds chief said: “Finally football is back… Important first step to be back to a normal life.”
Radrizzani then added an image of his television, showing that he was 65 minutes into watching Freiburg’s away clash at Leipzig.
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) May 16, 2020
It could be coincidence but Borussia Dortmund versus Schalke was, without doubt, the biggest Bundesliga game on Saturday and you would assume that Radirzzani would have watched Leeds-born striker Erling Haaland score in a 4-0 win for his side.
However Radrizzani made the conscious choice to watch Freiburg as Koch patrolled the midfield.
Koch is naturally a centre-back but, like Ben White, has been played in the holding midfield role at times this season.
He did well enough as stats by WhoScored show he won more aerial duels than any other player on the pitch but his pass accuracy was a dismal 56 per cent when his Bundesliga average this season is 84.3 per cent.
If Leeds win promotion to the Premier League then Koch might be a viable option for Marcelo Bielsa, if he needs to replace loan star White or simply upgrade his current options.
Speaking in a recent interview with BILD, Koch revealed that he would consider leaving Freiburg in the near future while Portuguese news outlet O Jogo has reported the defender is valued at only £10.5million due to the coronavirus’ impact on the economy in football.
Radrizzani is bound to be aware of all of this through Orta and his scouting network, who also are bound to have tuned in to watch Koch on Saturday.
But the fact that Leeds’ chairman is casting his eye over the German defender suggests that the club are hot on his heels.
In other Leeds United news, Orta is on the verge of signing a gem who an ex-Leeds striker has dubbed as “absolute quality”.