Sam Allardyce told his post-match press conference – as per Leeds Live – that Robin Koch was “terrific” for Leeds United as the Whites drew 2-2 with high-flying Newcastle United, and improved with Adam Forshaw coming on.
Koch, 26, was given a new role on Saturday with Rasmus Kristensen retaining his place in the middle of the defence. He played in front of the back four, a role he has not played this season – but did so during Marcelo Bielsa’s reign.
He partnered Sam Greenwood and Weston McKennie in the middle, with McKennie actually producing one of his best display since joining the club – largely because he had a holding midfielder behind him. Koch was impressive.
Allardyce branded the German as “terrific” in a role that he has not played in for quite a while, and even claimed the defender improved when Forshaw was introduced at half-time. The experienced ace replaced Sam Greenwood.
“People playing in that position have the ability that Robin has and also the defensive nous means he can make the play happen and stop the opposition with his experience. Terrific asset in that role. Better when Adam came in.”
Allardyce: Koch terrific for Leeds and improved with Forshaw coming on
Koch was excellent, and even more so given the last time he started in the Premier League in midfield was during a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in April 2022 – more than a year ago. Koch has been one of our best players this term.
Of course, there are not many that have played well and some will still question whether he is good enough, given the amount of goals conceded. His contract ends in June 2024, and if we stay up, a new deal has got to be agreed.
All attention switches to the London Stadium ahead of Saturday, as Allardyce begins to prepare his side for his third game in charge. Arguably, our best chance of winning three points from Allardyce’s four games – even if it is away.