This is part of a regular series from our panel of Leeds United Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road and Thorp Arch.
Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Freiburg defender Robin Koch.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay claimed that the Whites have agreed a fee near £13million for the German international, who will travel England this weekend.
The 24-year-old is also included in Joachim Low’s Germany squad for upcoming games against the likes of Spain next week.
David Anderson of the Mirror reported on Friday evening that Koch has waved goodbye to everyone at Freiburg ahead of the switch.
He then claimed the defender will complete his medical and become a Leeds player over the weekend – exactly what we want to hear.
That will give the German more than one week before his inevitable debut against the champions Liverpool at Anfield.
Liam Cooper is the only fully-fit senior centre-back available to Marcelo Bielsa, especially with Ben White not returning.
Leeds had three bids rejected for White, the third almost double of the fee they will eventually pay for Koch at £25million.
That’s for a player who hasn’t experienced the top-flight, compared to one who has been in the Bundesliga for years and also has international caps to his name.
Koch completed more blocks and clearances per game last season according to WhoScored and comes with a big hype surrounding his name.
We asked our esteemed panel of MOT Super Fans whether this was a smart move, and whether or not Koch would be a suitable replacement for the youngster.
Here’s what they said…
It appears as though our Super Fans are ecstatic with this one, and there is usually some debate among themselves.
The £13million fee is clearly attractive, and Victor Orta could be about to pull off a masterclass should this move pay off.
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