'I Didn't Expect That' - Whelan worried about Leeds star after unexpected development
Noel Whelan has revealed his concern over Robin Koch after conceding 15 goals in five games for Leeds United and Germany.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he did not see the Germans suffering such a heavy defeat as they were blown away 6-0 on Tuesday evening.
The 24-year-old, who played the full 90 minutes against the Spaniards, was also on the wrong end of two successive 4-1 defeats with Leeds before the international break.
With Koch having played every minute of all three defeats – as well as Germany’s wins over Ukraine and the Czech Republic – Whelan has admitted the defender cannot afford to dwell on his own poor run of form now he is back at Elland Road.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Well I think it’s no different to strikers and wingers, when you’re not having a great time and you’re on the back end of heavy defeats, it does hit you mentally.
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“The Germans build their players like their cars – very well. They’re strong, they’re reliable, and I’m sure he’ll get over this. There’s not many times that you see these sort of players get a hiding like they got against Spain.
“I did not expect that, I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t think that they’d win but I didn’t think it was going to be such a rout. I think when you come back into domestic football and you’re back with your players and teammates, you’ve got a bit of a very short window to turn that negative into a positive.
“We’ll have to see because we’ve got a real tough game coming up and he’s going to be needed and he’s going to be playing, there’s no doubt about that.
“He needs to get focused now and get his mind into a good place and forget about what’s happened and think about what’s in front of you, which is a very strong Arsenal side, who are capable of giving you a good hiding as well if you’re not careful.
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