Report: Midfielder Johan Johannesen Bakke claims Leeds would be dream move
Midfielder Johan Johannesen Bakke is relishing the prospect of following his father’s footsteps and joining Leeds United in the future, according to Eurosport Norway.
The son of former Leeds man Eirik Bakke, Johan recently signed his first professional contract with Norwegian outfit Sogndal IL II until December 2023.
The 17-year-old has said that his dream move would be with Leeds – perhaps unsurprising given the fact that his father made 188 appearances for the Whites and scored 16 goals. [Transfermarkt]
Sogndal IL Under-19 manager Nils Tore Krosshaug has heaped heavy praise on the ‘calm’ midfielder.
He said, “He is a player with special skills. He is nice and calm with the ball, he has a good passing skills and a good shot.
“Johan is a team player and as a young player he is very willing to learn.”
Still only 17 and having just signed his first professional contract, it’s no surprise that the youngster wants to come and play at Leeds.
The Under-23s have just won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title and with some of rthe players hoping to move up to the first-team, there could be new opportunities at Thorp Arch next year.
However, Brexit could provide an unwelcome barrier.
Per the points-based system, Norway’s first two divisions are not considered prestigious enough for players to immediately pass the 15-point threshold needed to secure a work permit.
That would mean if Leeds are to sign Bakke, he would have to leave Norway first for a major European league or become a regular in his national senior team.
The 17-year-old still has a long way to go before he’s on the club’s radar, but given his pedigree and everything we’ve heard about him from his country, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
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