Leeds United are keeping their eye on a Bundesliga defender as they look to replace Ben White, who is set to return to parent club Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season.
According to Yorkshire Evening Post (via Leeds Live), the Whites are interested in signing the Freiburg defender Robin Koch in the summer transfer window. According to Sport Witness (via Leeds Live), Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been scouting the player, who is being valued at around £15m. However, it would seem as though the Yorkshire outfit aren’t the only team interested in making a move for Koch with Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers also eyeing the 23-year-old.
A move for Koch seems to be a suitable one from a side who are set to lose White in the summer. Indeed, Leeds have only conceded 27 goals in the Championship so far this season, showing how strongly the on-loan Brighton man has contributed to the club’s campaign (via BBC).
When assessing the two players, the Germany international compares similarly to his English counterpart, having averaged a similar number of clearances, tackles, blocks and fouls per game (via WhoScored). However, what the player seemingly brings to the table is calmness and composure when in possession of the ball, averaging the best pass accuracy among defenders to have started a league game this season (85.5%). Being able to replace that quality without overpaying in the current transfer market could be tricky; however, Koch has shown that he possesses a similar quality, having averaged 84.4% in the German top-flight.
But, it’s not just the departure of White which makes a move for the central defender seem wise. Leeds are stretched at the back as they possess just three out-and-out centre-halves, making the need for extra bodies all the more important.
Replacing White won’t be easy, however, if you were to judge by stats, Koch would be a natural replacement. He does appear to have a similar skillset to the 22-year-old, making him a gamble worth taking.
Should top-flight football become a reality, then signing a player that has featured in a top-five European league could also be helpful when trying to start preparing for life in new surroundings.
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