Leeds United have been linked with a move for Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard and his Euro 2020 efforts have made it a much bigger talking-point.
Club football took a backseat for the past month or so with Euro 2020 getting underway after a year’s delay.
It saw Leeds boast seven senior players across the countries competing, and on top of that, gave chance for the club to take a closer look at potential transfer targets.
One of those players the club was interested in prior to the tournament’s kick off was Denmark international Mikkel Damsgaard (via The Athletic), currently playing his club football in the Serie A with Sampdoria.
His tournament did an excellent job of putting him firmly in the shop window and it’s a player who would fit right in under Marcelo Bielsa.
Here, we take a look at two reasons why this potential capture would be some of the best business of the summer…
How he’d fit in
It’s tough to go off the winger’s goal contributions in the Serie A this season, because he only managed two goals and four assists in 35 appearances mixed with starts and substitutions.
However, to limit him to just what he achieves in terms of contributing goals would be incredibly harsh.
On top of that, his progression with the ball is something that has always been a strong point, given his 2.59 dribbles completed per game would have him at the high end of Leeds’ current squad stats.
His work ethic is also a huge strength of his and fits perfectly with how intense Leeds would be with him in the team.
For attacking midfielders and wingers, he is in at least the 95th percentile for each of interceptions, pressures, tackles, and blocks. An incredible effort he puts in every week.
With Bielsa’s tweaking of his role on either wing, he’d be even more energetic than he currently is.
His potential for the future
It’s amazing to think he was essentially a talisman for Denmark’s attack in Euro 2020 at just 21-years-old.
No one can say he’s the finished article, or even close, at that age because there’s a lot of development still to be done before he hits his peak.
That being said, if he’s shining on this big a stage for his country at this age, it’s frightening to think where he could go with the right transfer.
There aren’t many managers better for a young player than Bielsa, especially when he has genuine starting prospects here, rather than maybe Liverpool who are also linked.