Leeds United defender Robin Koch has revealed in an interview that he fully believes in the team to survive relegation from the Premier League this season.
The German, who returned from a long injury absence against Arsenal in December, reassured supporters that the whole team has the same belief that they will not go down this year.
The 25-year-old has also been aiming higher than mere survival but admits they need to sort that out first before looking to the future.
“I don’t fear relegation,” Koch said in an interview with BBC Sport West Yorkshire. “I will be confident and positive enough to say that we will not go down.
“We will get enough points to stay in the league and I can say the same for the whole team.
“We should focus on getting out of the bottom part of the board. It has to be the start and we have to continue and we will see how we finish the season.
No need to worry
Being 15th in the Premier League isn’t the most comfortable position for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, but things aren’t as biting as they might seem.
Los Blancos have a nine-point gap with Norwich City who occupy the first of three relegation spots and it would take surprising form for the Canaries to close that gap by the end of the season.
It would also require Everton, five points back, and one from Watford, Newcastle or Burnley on a winning streak, none of which look likely to do so at the moment.
Leeds fans should therefore watch the table for comfort knowing that they are just three points behind Leicester City who sit in 10th place.
They are in the midst of a battle for the top half of the table, where they finished last season, and should no longer be seen as candidates for relegation.
In other Leeds United news, the club sent scouts to Scotland to monitor the much-loved teenage full-back on Tuesday.