Koch rises to the challenge but Phillips out until December

21 Oct 2020 07:22 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 21st October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road.

Shoulder injury to keep Phillips on sidelines until December

Leeds United have been dealt a massive blow with the news that Kalvin Phillips will be sidelined until December after injuring his shoulder in Monday's defeat to Wolves. The ever present midfield suffered the injury after being fouled late on in Leeds' 1-0 reverse, and could now be out until December. Fortunately, the England star will not require surgery.

With only 48 hours until Leeds face high flying Villa, who will replace Phillips as defensive midfielder? Klich has played there before for the Whites. That could open up an opportunity for Jamie Shackleton to get some game. Similarly Hernandez is now back to full fitness and would love to be in the starting XI.

Koch rises to the challenge

After a clumsy start, having given away two penalties in his first couple of games, Leeds defender Robin Koch has gone from strength to strength. The 24 year old German International has been an integral part of Bielsa’s back line, after yet another solid display against Wolves on Monday evening.

He completed 94% of his passes, six interceptions, 17 ball recoveries, and won 75% of his aerial duels. His average so far this term for passing accuracy is 90%, higher than Ben White last season in the Championship.

Koch can mix up his passing too. He's completed 80% of his sweeping diagonals into wide areas giving wingers the chance to launch attacks. How good can Koch be? In years to come, will we be comparing him to the Chief?

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Smudge3920 wrote on 21 Oct 2020 09:57 am

Ellandback1 wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:54 am Wow, that GBH with intent.

Automatic 5 yrs in prison
He was arrested by the military police...apparently dealt with when back in Tonga , don't know what he got

Ellandback1 wrote on 21 Oct 2020 09:54 am

Wow, that GBH with intent.

Automatic 5 yrs in prison

1964white wrote on 21 Oct 2020 09:53 am

These injuries happen

At least Kalvin is not out for the season unlike Van Dijk, a position where Liverpool are extremely vulnerable.

Citeh also had their share of injuries De Bruyne being the latest, Aguero is just back after a long period out injured

Villa missed McGuin big-time last season

Many other clubs have similar problems, we'll have to deal with our injuries accordingly & hope we come out it without suffering too much damage to our form & standing in the PL

Smudge3920 wrote on 21 Oct 2020 09:50 am

Ellandback1 wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:48 am Bit his nose right off? :shock:

Ellandback1 wrote on 21 Oct 2020 09:48 am

Smudge3920 wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:43 am One of the game's I played in (rugby) when I was serving in New Zealand... I was playing for the NZ School of Armour against a visiting Tongan Army unit... it was a blood bath, everything you have heard about "Islanders" is true... one broken leg on our team, one broken collor bone on theirs... Then a maul got out of control, which turned into basicly a 15 on 15...after it all settled down we saw our hooker was laid face down, when we turned him over one of the Tongan's had bit his nose off and gouged out an eye...This was in the 1st half!... the match was abandoned !
Bit his nose right off? :shock: