Leeds United’s new transfer target, Rasmus Kristensen, is a player who has been on the radar of other Premier League clubs for several months. The whites have joined West Ham and Brentford on the list of teams that are fighting for his signing.
The Red Bull Salzburg right-back has plenty of experience playing under Jesse Marsch, so the Leeds boss is hoping their previous relationship will help him land at the top of his list. Only 22 players have made more appearances for a team managed by Marsch than Kristensen, as he made 64 appearances during the time they were both in Austria.
If he were to sign, the 24-year-old would offer competition to Luke Ayling at right back, allowing Cody Drameh to continue his development on loan. He would be Salzburg’s second signing this summer and like Brenden Aaronson, he comes highly recommended.
We’ve rounded up what Kristensen’s managers have said about him, starting with his potential new boss.
As mentioned, the Denmark international was always present in the Salzburg team while Marsch was in charge. He received his first senior international recognition from him during that period and received many accolades from the American in March last year.
He stated, according Salzburg24 : “He is one of our best players and has improved a lot in the last two years.” Erik ten Hag The new Manchester United manager worked with Kristensen before his time at Salzburg, as he made 27 appearances for Ajax in all competitions during his year and a half there. As he had slipped down the pecking order behind Noussair Mazraoui, he looked to move away from the Dutch giants, which ten Hag fully backed.
“He’s at an age where he absolutely wants to play, that’s completely understandable,” the former Ajax boss said. said in July 2019. “That is why we cooperate. We are grateful to him for what he has meant to Ajax, he has put in an excellent performance.”
jess thorup Before moving to Ajax, Kristensen came through the academy and made his debut for Midtjylland in his native Denmark. By the time he was breaking into the first team, his manager Jess Thorup was very impressed by what he had seen.
After his debut in the first team, his then coach told him bold.dk :: “He showed a lot of energy and brute force and won some good duels, which triggered something offensive for us. He was also with us at the training ground at the start-up, and I’m sure many games await him at FC Midtjylland.
“He is already more or less part of the team. He only plays under-19 when we don’t need him, and he is one of the two or three pieces that we try to implement in the squad. He can play right back, but he also plays right back in the U-19 [Denmark] national team and a bit on our U19 team. He knows a bit of everything.”
More recently, Kristensen has worked with Matthias Jaissle in Salzburg, where he has benefited from the promising signs he showed when Marsch was the man in the technical area. When he was the subject of transfer interest from teams like Dortmund and West Ham during the January transfer window, the German manager showered him with praise.
“He is an absolute leader in the field. His emotions push the whole team”, he stated, according to Sports Witness. “As a right-back, he has a very strong attacking drive, he runs up and down the line and is also a goal threat.”