Robin Koch transfer valuation stance emerges as Leeds United exodus on cards
Leeds United will reportedly be losing defender Robin Koch this summer at a transfer fee that does not reflect his true valuation.
According to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, the Germany international suspended contract talks with Leeds once relegation appeared to be a distinct possibility.
With that now becoming the reality, it’s understood that there’s no chance of him putting pen to paper to the current deal which runs out in 2024 and he could be among many to leave the club.
Hay wrote on 1 June, “Leeds held contract talks with Koch a while ago but they got put on hold as relegation became a serious threat and there is no prospect of him signing an extension now.
“The 26-year-old German has 12 months to go on his contract, and has international ambitions which are unlikely to be realised playing in the EFL.
“Common sense says Koch will move on — and for less than his true value.”
Koch may be a Germany international but his performances recently for Leeds are why he’s quite far away from being called up to the national squad.
It can be argued that the overall team is making him look worse than he actually is, but players like Rodrigo and Tyler Adams have shone even when the others haven’t.
The same cannot be said of the 26-year-old and if Leeds are getting a decent fee for him, then by all means, they must consider selling him.
He’s not really a player that guarantees them returning to the Premier League and one they must keep at all costs.
The new manager may not even want the German around if he feels that his head isn’t in the right place so it makes sense to part ways with him.
It remains to be seen how much the Whites can actually end up getting for the 26-year-old this summer as there should be top-flight teams in Europe’s main leagues willing to take a punt on him.