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Paul Robinson thinks that Leeds’ big-money summer signing Robin Koch will struggle to get back in the starting XI between now and the end of the season.
Koch is back in training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and it means that Marcelo Bielsa will have four centre-backs to choose from.
Robinson said that’s “unheard of” for Leeds, who have suffered with numerous injuries over the season. And he thinks that Koch could end up suffering.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It will be unheard of for Leeds to have four centre-backs fit. Who would play?
“Liam Cooper plays and Llorente is really finding his feet so I don’t think they’ll take him out of the team.
“Robin Koch is going to struggle to get in the team between now and the end of the season.
“Saying that, we don’t know how long Kalvin Phillips will be out for and Koch can play in the holding midfield position.
“If Kalvin Phillips is out or he isn’t 100% fit then Koch could get a game there.”
Koch will be desperate to get back in the Leeds starting XI or his place in the Germany squad could be in threat for the Euros in the summer.
However, Bielsa will have Llorente, Cooper and Pascal Struijk also fit and playing well at centre-back. And he is a manager who is loyal to players who are performing well.
Koch returned to training this week and may well have to try to make his way back to the first-team via the Under-23s.
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