Kristensen call could open door for three-year Leeds United plan to come to fruition

Kristensen call could open door for three-year Leeds United plan to come to fruition

Unlike others in the Leeds United squad, Rasmus Kristensen’s future looked relatively clear heading into the summer months. The Denmark international struggled to excel during his first year at Elland Road, but in the days that followed Leeds’ Premier League relegation, he is thought to have doubled down on his commitment to the club.

As Leeds Live reported a few weeks ago, Kristensen is understood to be one of the players who informed Angus Kinnear of their desire to stay and fight to get the Whites back to the top flight. It meant that Leeds were approaching the new campaign with at least one position fully stocked.

Reports of the right-back agreeing to join Roma caught many by surprise, then. The 25-year-old is said to have been a long-term target for the Italian outfit and Kristensen has responded positively to an approach made in the last few days, which is somewhat understandable, given the size and stature of the Stadio Olimpico club.

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The deal is not done with an agreement still be reached with between the two clubs, according to reports, but given the options Leeds already have, there’s no reason to suggest they would be resistant to losing the former Red Bull Salzburg man, just one year after signing him. The Whites still have Luke Ayling contracted for another year, of course, and he’s guaranteed to provide a big presence around Elland Road this season.

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But, they also have Cody Drameh on their books and Kristensen’s proposed departure might well end up being the opportunity he has been waiting for at Elland Road. Drameh has cut a frustrated figure over the last couple of campaigns in West Yorkshire.

Despite appearing to tick all the necessary boxes, he has been unable to breakthrough into the first-team picture at United. The odd senior appearance has been thrown his way by Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch, but the outings have never led to a run in the side.

Consequently, Drameh has been forced to leave Elland Road on loan to get the experience he needs in order to continue his development and he has certainly made the most of his spells away. A stint at Cardiff City during the 2021-22 campaign saw him named the Bluebirds’ player of the season, before winning promotion to the Premier League with Luton Town last time around.

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  • June 25, 2023