Leeds United fans have hailed defender Robin Koch for his latest performance for Germany as Joachim Low’s side beat Ukraine 3-1 on Saturday.
The 24-year-old played all 90 minutes of Germany’s UEFA Nations League victory with a goal by Leroy Sane and a Timo Werner brace securing three points after Ukraine went ahead in the 12th minute through Roman Yaremchuk.
Interestingly, Koch played in the defensive midfield slot for Germany. It’s a position we know he can play in but since arriving at Elland Road from Freiburg in the summer, Marcelo Bielsa has only played the Germany international in his defence.
Robin Koch vs. Ukraine:
90 mins played
94.9% pass accuracy 🔥
56/59 successful passes
15 final third passes
6/8 successful long passes
6 ball recoveries
4 interceptions 🌟
2 duels won
1 chance created
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) November 14, 2020
Koch seriously impressed in the midfield role with the above stats showing how efficient his passing was while he also remained responsible off the ball by winning four interceptions and recovering the ball six times.
A lot of Leeds fans took to Twitter to praise the German for his performance against Ukraine, with one saying that he was “excellent” in the Nations League victory.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Hes been pretty good and he was excellent tonight. Some fans need to understand the game before making daft comments. Ukraine are no mugs
— Scottish white 🏆 (@leedsutd_exile) November 14, 2020
Think he's been excellent for us on the whole. Really impressed me in the games I've watched.
— Ben Pearson (@LUFCpearson27) November 14, 2020
Was excellent, our best replacement for Phillips when he's out but other injuries didn't allow it.
— Adam (@Hertswhitelufc) November 14, 2020
he was absolutely insane tonight 👏🏼
— Lucy Chappell (@_lucychappell) November 14, 2020
— one klich (@KlichOne) November 14, 2020
Some stats them. Lads a player, need to give him time to settle. https://t.co/vcg61C1grC
— tony rhodes (@tonyrhodes1964) November 14, 2020
Feels like we bought a Mercedes. https://t.co/VXfaMOHgwO
— ArizonaLUFC (@ArizonaLUFC) November 14, 2020
— The Adelites 🏆 💛🤍💙 (@theadelites) November 14, 2020
Koch is pretty much stuck at playing as a centre-back for Leeds at the moment with Diego Llorente injured.
Kalvin Phillips is out injured too and Koch was more than likely seen as a possible stand-in for him if the England international was ruled out of any games.
However, Llorente’s issues have meant that’s not possible.
Of course, Bielsa does have other options as Pascal Struijk and Luke Ayling can slot in at centre-back to allow Koch to push forward into the midfield.
But for whatever reason, Bielsa isn’t a massive fan of that.
In other Leeds United news, Xherdan Shaqiri has sent a two-word message to this Elland Road ace on Instagram.