By Pranav Shahaney

4th Nov, 2021 | 2:10pm

Robin Koch Leeds United future could be in doubt with Llorente/Struijk mooted

Leeds United defender Robin Koch may find game time hard to come by with Phil Hay suggesting that he’s not part of the long-term centre-back pairing.

Via his personal Twitter account, The Athletic journalist stated that Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk appear to be the long-term centre-back partnership for the Whites.

This could mean that Koch, who’s been injury prone since his move to Elland Road, is fourth in the pecking order behind Liam Cooper.

Robin Koch came to Elland Road as a full Germany international and the expectation was that his experience playing for one of the biggest nations would help revolutionise this Leeds defence.

At 25, it could be argued that he should be in the best physical shape in his career, but that hasn’t been the case.

His time at Leeds has been plagued with injuries and with Hay tweeting that Llorente and Struijk are the long-term options, Koch may fear his time at Leeds is coming to an end.

If he wants to get his career back on track and force his way back into the Germany side, he needs to be playing more games.

Even if Bielsa plays a back three, Koch will not be a regular starter should all the centre-backs be available for selection.

It remains to see what Koch does to fight his way back into the team, because as of now, things seem pretty improbable.

Hopefully, once he returns from injury, things start looking up and he shows shades of the player he was before joining Leeds.

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