Leeds United are reportedly battling Tottenham to sign Mikkel Damsgaard, and the winger would be an excellent addition.
The summer promises to be an exciting window as Victor Orta and co. take the next step to achieve Andrea Radrizanni’s ambition of qualifying for Europe.
Hopefully that means more international players come through the door like Robin Koch and Rodrigo.
We are keen to see Jack Harrison tied down on a permanent deal but it seems the club also has its sights set on Damsgaard, who is similar to the 24-year-old.
Both players excel with the ball at their feet.
Per WyScout, Harrison has managed 2.6 dribbles and 2.5 progressive runs per game – Damsgaard has achieved 3.3 and 1.7 respectively per 90 minutes.
He has ten starts for Sampdoria in Serie A this term and has produced two goals and four assists.
Damsgaard is not too far off Harrison, therefore, but he could improve by playing under Marcelo Bielsa and in a Leeds team that is adventurous in attack.
He is still only 20-years-old, too, so could be the perfect deputy for Harrison if we do sign him permanently.
Interest in Damsgaard from Tottenham and Juventus also indicates his talent.
He was signed for just £5million last summer but has already caught the eye in his first season playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
That price tag may mean Orta is able to lure him to Elland Road on the cheap – just like he did with Raphinha.
We would hope Damsgaard can emulate the Brazilian’s immediate impact if he arrives.
His record of 0.7 key passes and 72% pass accuracy (WhoScored) means he may struggle to adjust quickly to Bielsa’s style, but he’s the perfect age to learn and develop
He comes with some big fans behind him. Former Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri believes Damsgaard has a “big future” ahead of him.
The youngster could be the perfect project for Bielsa to work on, just as he did with Harrison.
Added to that, Christian Eriksen praised his compatriot after he played against him for Inter Milan this season.
Being recognised by such a prestigious player means Damsgaard must have something about him, and we are keen to see his career develop at Elland Road.
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