David Norris has backed Robin Koch to bounce back from an injury-hit first season with Leeds United and show why Marcelo Bielsa sanctioned a big-money move.
Koch joined Leeds from German side SC Freiburg for an undisclosed fee last August.
The central defender penned a four-year deal, making him the club’s second highest earner on £46,154-per-week.
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However, Koch suffered a knee injury which resulted in him being restricted to just 17 Premier League appearances in his first season at Elland Road.
The 24-year-old, who returned from the treatment table towards the end of last term, was then called up by Joachim Low for Germany’s Euro 2020 squad.
Although Koch was an unused substitute in each of Germany’s tournament encounters before being beaten by England in the last 16, Norris feels that could play into his club’s favour and has tipped the defender to impress Leeds’ supporters as they return to Elland Road in their droves following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
Speaking exclusively to TIF, ex-Leeds star Norris said: “He had three or four months out and when he came back he was strong.
“I expect him to come back injury free and see it as a fresh season to impress. He should be chomping at the bit and I expect him to come back ready to kick on.
“He has the quality and ability. I expect a lot more from him.”