By Dan Carter

21st Nov, 2023 | 12:10pm

Leeds United: Danish media destroy 'goblin' Rasmus Kristensen after defeat to Northern Ireland

Leeds United loanee Rasmus Kristensen started and played the full 90 minutes of Denmark’s 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland on Monday 20 November.

Michael O’Neill’s side came away with all three points in both teams’ final Euro 2024 qualifier thanks to second-half strikes from Isaac Price and Dion Charles, but ultimately it didn’t have too big an impact on qualification with Denmark topping the group.

But that didn’t stop the Danish media from voicing their frustrations with the performance, with much of the irritation directed at Leeds loanee Kristensen who was slammed for his poor display in Belfast on Monday.

Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet destroyed the Roma defender, rating his performance a two after the 26-year-old “gifted” the home side a “free runner”. The entirety of the right side of the Danish side was described as a “disaster” with Kristensen seeming “completely crazy throughout”.

The final line of the outlet’s analysis of the Leeds loanee’s performance simply read: “Bad, Goblin. Dirty.”

Crazy Goblin

It isn’t often you hear a player described as a goblin, but it speaks volumes of just how poor Kristensen was on Monday night as the Leeds United loanee was one of many players who struggled against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Defensively, it doesn’t appear as though the 26-year-old had as bad a game as the Danish press has suggested, with the Roma defender winning six of his nine duels on the ground and in the air and coming away with the ball from both of his attempted tackles.

Going forward he wasn’t as successful, failing to complete any of his three attempted long passes and only finding a teammate with one of his two attempted crosses. Despite playing five balls into the final third, Kristensen failed to create a single chance for his teammates.

Since departing Elland Road, things haven’t exactly been going well for the Leeds loanee as he has only started six matches in Serie A having not been included by Jose Mourinho in their squad for the Europa League this season.

Given the good performances of Archie Gray, and Luke Ayling and the signing of Djed Spence at right-back for Leeds this season, it seems as though Leeds made the correct call to allow the “bad, goblin” to leave on loan for the year.

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