Leeds United defender Robin Koch has had a difficult start to life in English football, but it looks like he’s going to have to roll his sleeves up quickly and fight for a spot in the starting XI.
The 24-year-old centre-back joined from Bundesliga club Frieburg this summer and it appears like he’s arrived to be a direct replacement for last year’s loanee Ben White, who is now back at parent club Brighton and in their side.
Koch has started his Whites career by conceding two penalties in the opening two league games and he’s not quite hit the ground running like he may have hoped, despite being highly-rated and previously impressive in German football.
It’s completely understandable to give players time and patience to settle in a new country and new team, but he may not have much of it as Leeds are being linked with signing a Spanish centre-back.
Spanish publication and local Real Sociedad newspaper Noticias De Gipuzkoa claims that Diego Llorente is set to complete a move to Elland Road.
It is understood that Real Sociedad centre-back Llorente will move for a deal that is expected to exceed £18.5million.
Llorente, 27, is a senior Spain international that has made a name for himself in La Liga during recent years and been an important player for top-flight regulars Sociedad.
Both Koch and Llorente have the versatility to slot into a defensive midfield role if needed, but it’s more likely they would both be competing alongside club captain Liam Cooper for a starting position.
Despite Cooper’s lack of experience, it would be a big call from manager Marcelo Bielsa to leave out their real leader in the dressing room.
Llorente is an all-action centre-back that will be expecting to play if he moves to Yorkshire, so while Koch has got possession of the shirt he needs to try raise his levels and prove he can be a powerhouse in the Premier League.