Danish newspapers react as Leeds United ace Rasmus Kristensen plays in 2-0 win v France in Nations League
Rasmus Kristensen impressed the Danish press on Sunday as the Leeds United right-back starred in his nation’s 2-0 win against France in the UEFA Nations League.
Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen both scored within six minutes in the first half to help Denmark complete a Group A double over the reigning world champions.
Kristensen, 25, played all 90 minutes as he earned his 10th cap for Denmark and he clearly did well based on the reaction of newspapers in his homeland.
Ekstra Bladet were full of praise for Kristensen, saying he and teammates Mikkel Damsgaard and Kasper Dolberg” all played leading roles in their own way in the great Danish victory over the world champions”. Kristensen is said to have played “as a strong solid back who also contributed in the attack”.
In the Ekstra Bladet player ratings, Kristensen scored four of out six.
“With tonight’s performance, he looks like a player who has overtaken Daniel Wass in the starting line-up. Rasmus Nissen brings a lot of power and gets in the way too much,” said the newspaper’s ratings.
In an interview with Kristensen, Ekstra Bladet noted that the Leeds right-back did an “animalistic roar” almost every time he stopped a French attack.
Danish tabloid B.T. were also fans of Kristensen’s performance and also awarded him a four-star rating (out of six) in their player ratings, saying: “He was the victim of a big laugh in the Park when he completely mistimed a high ball and looked most like a paper airplane thrown from the Eiffel Tower, but he landed on his feet and raced to the finish line on the Champs-Élysées in the same time as his team.”
Velje Amts Folkeblad gave Kristensen 7/10 in their player ratings.
We have to admit that Kristensen’s start to life as a Leeds player has been slow.
The former Red Bull Salzburg right-back, who was signed by Jesse Marsch in the summer, has often lost possession, lost his markers and made mistakes in the opening games of the season.
He has shown a bit of promise and we’re not going to criticise him too much because we’re willing to wait and see whether the Dane can settle into life at Elland Road.
However, Luke Ayling is back from injury now and it will be interesting to see whether the Elland Road mainstay can nick his spot at right-back back from the Viking invader.
Kristensen’s form for his country is pleasing to see though.
Denmark did brilliantly to beat France and they could be one of the teams to watch at the World Cup in Qatar this summer after finishing second in their Nations League group and reaching the semi-finals of the European Championships last year.
In other Leeds United news, a Leeds-linked left-back will “absolutely” be sold in the January transfer window.