By Craig Scott

19th Sep, 2020 | 5:30pm

'Nightmare' - Robbie Savage & BT commentator slam Leeds player despite win v Fulham

Robbie Savage has slammed Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch for conceding a “silly” penalty against Fulham in the Whites’ XXX at Elland Road on Saturday.

Koch, 24, has now conceded penalties in each of his first two Premier League appearances for Leeds – but at least this time it wasn’t as decisive.

Leeds lost by one goal at Anfield last week when Liverpool beat them 4-3 so without Koch’s penalty, it could’ve been a very different result.

But luckily for the German international, his team-mates were on fire against Fulham to ensure that his first-half mishap was a thing of the past.

Ex-Leicester and Derby player Savage wasn’t exactly forgiving of Koch when he conceded the spot-kick while commentating on the match.

“What a silly, silly challenge,” Savage said on BT Sport 1 on Saturday afternoon.

“Credit to Bryan for getting up there and anticipating the slide from Koch. It was a silly challenge.

“In commentary, I saw Koch running, sprinting over and there’s no need to dive in there.”

Commentator Ian Darke responded by saying: “You have to say, that’s a nightmare start for your new club to give away two penalties in your first two matches.”

As much as we want to disagree with everything that Savage says, we can’t in this case.

Koch’s challenge was mindless as he just came running across to the edge of the box where Joe Bryan was and did a half-hearted slide challenge.

It’s as though he started to do the tackle, realised it was risky and tried to pull out.

By the time he realised, it was way too late and you could see in his face that he knew what he’d done.

We’re not going to start saying anything rash after Koch conceded another penalty because he’s still getting used to the pace of the Premier League.

But he cannot wait too long to get settled down. The Premier League can be an unforgiving place.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in talks to sign this French midfielder.