According to reports, Leeds United are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard.
What’s the story?
After going through a fairly quiet January transfer window at Elland Road, all eyes are on what Marcelo Bielsa’s side do when the summer comes around.
Already, there has been speculation linking them with a move for Milan youngster Tommaso Pobega, and now, The Daily Star claim that the Yorkshire club have got their sights set on another Serie A sensation.
It’s suggested that along with the likes of Southampton, West Ham, and Tottenham, Leeds have joined the race to sign Damsgaard, and that they have expressed an interest in luring him to the Premier League.
A dream player for Bielsa
More than the fact the 20-year-old has enjoyed an impressive campaign with Sampdoria going forward – he’s scored two goals and provided four assists, including against the likes of Inter and Milan – it’s his defensive work that surely marks him out as a dream signing for Bielsa.
Sofascore lifts one of the left-winger’s biggest strengths as his “high pressing”, and when you look at his defensive numbers, it’s clear to see why.
Despite the position he plays, he has averaged an impressive 1.5 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game in Serie A – only Jack Harrison betters his tackles per game among Leeds’ wide options, while nobody can match his interceptions rate, proving that Damsgaard is someone who is more than capable of buying into Bielsa’s intensity at Elland Road.
Dubbed as “magical” by Norwegian football expert Martin Mikkelsen, he also added that Damsgaard is “dynamic and can go both ways. He is creative but also so mature in his decisions.”
The Denmark international could strike a tantalising wing duo with Raphinha on the opposite flank, with both seemingly capable of moments of magic – you only have to look at the latter’s piece of skill to completely embarrass Gary Cahill in the Premier League last time out to see that.
The right-footed Damsgaard would offer something different to the left-footed option of Harrison, and both him and Raphinha cutting in from their respective flanks would open the game up a lot more for Leeds’ full-backs to make flying runs past them.
The £7.2m-rated gem isn’t just a flashy winger who only cares about what he does at the top end of the pitch. His defensive diligence is something Bielsa would absolutely love, and it’s exactly why the Whites must fend off the competition to sign him in the summer.