Tony Dorigo has given his backing to Leeds United signing Robin Koch, who he feels has received some unfair criticism during his first two appearances for the club.
Koch, 24, is one of the players to move to Elland Road during this summer transfer window and he arrived after impressing for German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg.
The Germany international is a no-nonsense centre-back with a physical presence, plus he’s composed and has a great range of passing on the ball.
He’s played the opening two league matches of the new season, but has given away a penalty in both matches against Liverpool and Fulham.
Koch is still trying to get up to the speed of English football, plus Marcelo Bielsa’s side signed another centre-back this week in Diego Llorente to crank up competition for a starting position.
Ex-Leeds defender Dorigo believes that Koch can be a success moving forward for the Yorkshire club and likes what he’s seen from him so far despite some mistakes.
“Robin Koch is certainly getting a little bit of stick, I have no idea why. Yes, penalty at Anfield, unfortunate, the way he responded for the next 85 minutes was magnificent,” Dorigo said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“It was a poor decision to make that challenge inside the box [against Fulham], clearly it was a penalty, however after that I thought he was absolutely fantastic.
“He’s coming to a new country, new language, he’s played the champions, I think he’s going to be great for us.”
Koch may not be the most confident right now after a shaky start to his Leeds career, but he’s shown in glimpses he’s got talent and he needs time to build a partnership at the back.
He’s played just one game alongside Whites captain Liam Cooper, who is the chief organiser in the backline and the pair will be learning more about each other over time.
Despite being a high-profile signing, Koch may not be afforded too much time to settle and he knows he’s facing a big job trying to keep Llorente out of the side after he joined from Real Sociedad.