Leeds United welcome Fulham at Elland Road this afternoon, trying to snap a seven-match losing streak in the Premier League.
Jesse Marsch’s squad has lost their past three Premier League games, against Leicester, Arsenal, and Crystal Palace, and now play one of the newly promoted clubs at home.
The Whites are tied on nine points with two of the three relegation-threatened clubs, and a win tonight might move them farther ahead of danger in the league.
They come into this game off the heels of a dismal 2-0 loss to Leicester, who are presently bottom of the Premier League with just eight points.
After the defeat, the management must replace centre-back Robin Koch, who had a poor performance at the King Power Stadium the previous week.
Patrick Bamford missed a penalty against Arsenal in the club’s previous home game and has not scored in eight top-flight appearances, but his German teammate has taken the limelight off him with some frustrating performances recently.
The dud put up a poor effort, giving Leicester the lead by turning Dennis Praet’s pass across the box into his own goal.
Koch gave himself too much room to cover after failing to react fast enough to Harvey Barnes’ run behind him, forcing him to grasp for the ball with a sliding clearance that was only ever going in one way at that moment – beyond Illan Meslier.
He was subsequently beaten to the ball in the area by Jamie Vardy, who created space for Barnes to score easily for the second goal.
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Sofascore gave him a rating of 5.8 for his performance, however it is not his lowest score this term. He was graded 5.6 by the stats website for his performance against Brentford in the 5-2 loss last month, as he lost four of his five ground duels, was dribbled past once, and made one straight blunder leading to a shot.
These figures indicate that the defender, who has lost 53% of his Premier League ground duels this season, has been a problem at the back for Leeds.
After a match against Manchester United, LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross described the 26-year-defence old’s as “awful to watch,” and it accurately defines his recent record.
Marsch must drop the £46k-per-week dud because he does not believe Koch will put in a strong performance as the team attempts to snap its losing streak.
Liam Cooper came off the bench against Leicester and scored a rating of 7.5 after winning five of his six individual challenges and making two blocks, two clearances, three interceptions, and two tackles in 45 minutes.
Marsch must now mercilessly remove Koch from the starting lineup and reintroduce the club captain to face Marco Silva’s team this afternoon.