By Danny Mills

17th Aug, 2021 | 7:00pm

Mills: Koch is a 'fish out of water' as embarrassing Leeds stat emerges

Robin Koch “looked like a fish out of water” in the Leeds United midfield against Manchester United, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender suggested the Germany international did Pascal Struijk and Liam Cooper no favours at Old Trafford.

Leeds were badly exposed against their bitter rivals as Man United ran out 5-1 winners on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Koch, a centre-back by trade, was utilised in a defensive midfield role with Kalvin Phillips on the bench.

The England international was not deemed ready to start after playing a major role in his country’s march to the final of this summer’s European Championship.

Koch had an afternoon to forget in Manchester as he had just 41 touches – less than any other outfield player to play 90 minutes, according to sofascore.

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Even goalkeeper Illan Meslier had more touches (58).

“Robin Koch was playing out of position and looked a little bit like a fish out of water at times against Bruno Fernandes,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He simply could not get near him.

“That puts more pressure on the back two when midfielders aren’t doing their job.

“If you had Kalvin Phillips in front of them, it may well have been a different story. This is why it is a team game and not just about individuals.”

Koch moved to Elland Road from Freiburg last summer and quickly established himself as a regular starter.

However, Saturday’s game was just his third start since suffering a knee injury in December.

In other news, Leeds United are racing a Premier League rival to sign a defender from a London club.