Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch is heading into his first summer transfer window in charge of the Premier League club.
The American manager kept the Lillywhites in the top-flight and will now be working with Victor Orta to improve the team with a view to progressing further up the table next term.
When asked about the need to Google the Lillwhites in a recent interview, the Danish international said:
“No, not the last few days, but I do not need to google Leeds United to know about that club.
“There is both a former teammate and my former coach who has switched to them. It is a huge club, a traditional club. It is the world’s best league, and it will be huge to get a foot in there.”
New fan favourite
He will surely have endeared himself to the Leeds fanbase instantly with those remarks as they illustrate how highly he respects the club and how much he would love to play in the famous white shirt.
His manager, Matthias Jaissle, dubbed him an “absolute leader” and this suggests that he would also be a fan favourite with his ability to lead his teammates on the pitch. It shows that he has the mentality required to lift the team on and off the pitch and fans would enjoy seeing his passion in Premier League matches.
Kristensen’s statistics in the 2021/22 campaign also suggest that he has the footballing quality to go along with his terrace hero potential.
In the Austrian Bundesliga, he averaged a sensational SofaScore rating of 7.31 as he chipped in with seven goals and three assists from right-back. Whilst making key contributions in the final third, he was also solid in his defending as he won 60% of his duels and made 2.4 tackles and interceptions per game.
These statistics suggest that he will become a fan favourite at Leeds because he is a strong defender who has proven himself domestically and at the top level in European competition, whilst also having the personality to get the supporters enjoying his presence in the team.
Therefore, Marsch must work hard to ensure that he is able to get a deal over the line for the full-back in the coming weeks.