Robin Koch could leave Leeds United in the summer transfer window.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to Danny Mills, with the former Leeds United right-back stating in a recent interview with Football Insider that, after struggling to impress when deployed in both midfield and midfield, Jesse Marsch could be looking to sign. an improvement on the 25-year-old this summer, something that could subsequently see the Germany international depart from Elland Road.
Regarding Koch’s position in the Leeds team, Mills said: “He hasn’t really found a position. He’s fine here, he’s fine there, and he’s decent there. You don’t look at him and say, ‘he’s playing center half’ or ‘he’s playing defensive midfield.’
“That is difficult for a player and also for a coach. Where does it fit? Can the manager get someone to do a specific job in that position that might be a little better?
“Sometimes being a utility player is great, but often it means you’re on the sidelines. You are often the second option in six or seven different positions.
“The new coach will be looking to bring in two or three of his own players, players that he wants. If that means you have to draw a pair, then so be it.”
Marsch can take down Koch with Luiz Felipe
While Koch is undoubtedly a player who boasts a huge amount of potential, it is undeniable that the 25-year-old has so far failed to live up to early expectations following his £13m move to Elland Road. in August 2020.
This has been particularly evident in his 14 Premier League appearances this term, in which the £15.3m center-back has averaged 1.1 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and 2.1 clearances per game, as well as being dribbled 1.2 times and winning 4.1 duels, with a success rate of just 46%, per start.
These returns have seen the £46k-per-week defender Beren Cross dubbed “horrible to watch” and “not good enough” earlier this season averaging a disappointing 6.56 SofaScore match rating, ranking him the sixth worst player in the United States. whites. in the league
As such, it is perhaps not surprising that Víctor Orta was reported to have made a €30m (£25m) offer for Lazio centre-back Luiz Felipe in the January transfer window, nor would it be surprising if the sporting director made a second offer. focus for the 25-year-old at the end of the season, as he is set to leave the Stadio Olimpico when his contract expires this summer.
And, considering how impressive the defender has been in Italy in the current campaign, Luiz Felipe would appear to be a perfect candidate to replace Koch on Marsch’s side.
Indeed, in his 27 Serie A appearances this season, the £16.2m Brazilian has helped his side keep five clean sheets, as well as averaging 1.2 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and 3.4 clearances per game, as well as being dribbled. he passed only 0.5 times and winning 3.8 duels, with a success rate of 54%, per game.
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These returns have seen the £24k a week defender Jerry Mancini claimed to own”significant rhythm” and labeled “quality” averaged a very impressive SofaScore match score of 7.01, making him Maurizio Sarri’s seventh best player in the Italian top flight.
As such, if a deal is to be made for Luiz Felipe this summer, it would indeed seem a wise move for Orta to launch an offensive for the Lazio centre-back, something that would subsequently allow the sporting director to move Koch to the pasture. new.
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