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Leeds United defender Robin Koch limped off to Chelsea in the Whites’ 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, but Bielsa could have a natural replacement in 17-year-old Nohan Kenneh.
The German international appeared to be struggling in the early stages of the match against Frank Lampard’s side and was replaced less than 10 minutes after falling on his knee.
He was replaced of Spanish central Diego Llorente, who made his first start at the club after missing the first two months of the season due to a groin injury.
Should Kenneh be given a chance in Leeds’ first team?
This leaves Bielsa with only Llorente, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk as fit senior center backs On this side, and as we approach a busy Christmas period, you worry that if the Argentine coach does not rotate sideways, then he will suffer more injuries in his defense.
Fortunately, 17-year-old Kenneh is also available to him, and the academy graduate has trained with the first team in recent weeks, so he’s clearly knocking on the door to start on Bielsa’s side.
Thus, Koch’s injury, while unfortunate, gives the Leeds coach the perfect opportunity to unleash Kenneh and show fans what the young academy sensation is capable of.
The England U17 star has yet to make a senior appearance for the Elland Road team, but has made seven appearances for the academy sides so far this season.
Leeds has five more Premier League games between now and the new year, so surely Bielsa will be tempted to make some changes to his squad to try and prevent his older players from trying too hard, which could lead to Kenneh being an opportunity to shine. .
The 17-year-old can play both as a center-back and as a defensive midfielder, giving Bielsa a bit more latitude over where he wants to play with him if he decides he’s not ready to come forward as a center-back. in the Premier League.
Either way, Koch’s injury is a heavy blow to Leeds, so it will be interesting to see if Bielsa relies on Kenneh, or any other youngster, to replace him in the upcoming matches.
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