Young Newcastle United forward issues Leeds United warning on Robin Koch's likely Whites return

YOUNG Magpies forward Adam Wilson says Newcastle United's under-23s are "buzzing" at the chance to record a double over Leeds United's young guns on Monday afternoon.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 5:27 pm

Chris Hogg and Peter Ramage's Magpies under-23s will provide the next opponents for Leeds United's table-topping under-23s in Monday's Premier League 2 Group Two clash in West Yorkshire (kick-off 1pm).

Mark Jackson's Whites are 13 points clear in first place and have lost just four times all season but one of those reverses came at bottom of the table Newcastle who recorded a 4-3 victory in November after being 3-0 down.

Leeds have been in flying form since but Newcastle's former England's under-19s international Wilson says there is a confidence within the Magpies who are "coming together" after a spate of recent injuries.

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COMEBACK PLAN: For Leeds United's German international defender Robin Koch against Newcastle United's under-23s. Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images.
COMEBACK PLAN: For Leeds United's German international defender Robin Koch against Newcastle United's under-23s. Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images.

Monday's fixture is also set to feature the competitive return to action of Whites German international defender Robin Koch following his spell on the sidelines after knee surgery.

Newcastle are approaching Monday's contest sat bottom of the table following last Monday's 1-1 draw at Sunderland in which Wilson returned from nearly six months out due to an ankle injury and the forward is now champing at the bit ahead of facing Leeds.

"I feel like everyone has been buzzing about it," 20-year-old forward Wilson told nufc.co.uk.

"It's been going well in training and I feel the people have a point to prove from the last game because we should have beaten Sunderland and I think a lot of the team think that too.

"Hopefully, we can start putting the chances away and let's hope Monday is the opportunity to do that.

"We're going there to try and win. We know Leeds have had a very good record at home but we'll be trying our best to come out on top.

"We have a lot of players coming back from injury, including myself, and we've been struggling throughout the season with numbers and other reasons but we are coming together now, from what I've seen in training.

"There is healthy competition within the squad because everyone wants to be in the starting eleven. In training, there is a lot more players and it's a bit more edgy with tackles flying around but it can only be a good thing."

Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa said at Thursday's press conference before Saturday's Premier League hosting of Chelsea that Koch would probably play for United's under-23s against the Magpies.

Koch was an unused substitute as he returned to the Whites squad against the Blues on Saturday at Elland Road.

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Thank you Laura Collins