By Gabriel Agbonlahor

10th Dec, 2020 | 8:00am

Agbonlahor Exclusive: Leeds tipped to beat West Ham 'Comfortably' after devastating blow

Gabriel Agbonlahor is confident that Leeds United will be able to cope without defender Robin Koch.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker delivered his verdict after Leeds revealed on Tuesday the German will undergo knee surgery in a huge blow.

Koch limped off after just eight minutes against Chelsea on Saturday and will now spend a extended period of time on the sidelines.

Football Insider revealed last week the 24-year-old had missed multiple days of training but Bielsa still decided to start him against the Blues.

Asked by Football Insider how much of a miss the ever-present defender will be for the Argentine, Agbonlahor said: “It will be a loss because he’s been so settled and he’s played every game.

“I’m sure Bielsa will have planned for injuries and I’m sure he’ll have a decent replacement who can come in.

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“I’m not worried about Leeds, they can beat West Ham comfortably. They’ve got it in them to beat a lot of teams comfortably.

“But if they want to get more points out of different games against the bigger teams they need to change their tactics.

“Bielsa has got his ways and it looks like he’s very set in his ways, so I’ll leave him to it.”

Koch has started every Premier League game this season alongside club captain Liam Cooper or versatile youngster Pascal Struijk.

Summer signing Diego Llorente replaced him at Stamford Bridge despite only just recovering from an injury of his own.

In other news, a top pundit has been left amazed by an “immense” Leeds United talent dazzling on loan.