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Go for it Bielsa – Why Leeds United must take a punt on this talented 20-year-old Danish ace

PARMA, ITALY - JANUARY 24: Mikkel Damsgaard of US Sampdoria in action during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Ennio Tardini on January 24, 2021 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Why Leeds United must sign the highly-rated Mikkel Damsgaard

According to Daily Star, Leeds United are one of the names who are after the talented Mikkel Damsgaard. The Danish youngster has caught the eye of several clubs across Europe, with Southampton, West Ham, Tottenham, and Juventus interested in him.

Leeds need to beef up their wide options

It was a surprise to see Leeds stay quiet in the January transfer window but they had good reasons for it. Marcelo Bielsa looks content with the side he has at his disposal. There wasn’t an emergency for players in any position. They are very likely to stave off relegation given how their season has been progressing.

However, they should look at certain areas of the squad come the end of the season. The wide areas should be the first they should invest in. Jack Harrison is on a loan from Manchester City and no permanent deal has yet been arranged. Ezgjan Alioski is the only other left-sided wide player in the squad and he has been playing at left-back.

Mikkel Damsgaard has impressed at Sampdoria in the Serie A this season (Getty Images)

Mikkel Damsgaard can be a good long term addition

The youngster’s growing reputation in his homeland was enough to prompt Sampdoria to offer him a route to Italy this past summer. Damsgaard has enjoyed a promising start to life in Serie A, featuring in all but one of Sampdoria’s 16 league fixtures so far. Despite not being a regular starter, the Danish starlet has still managed to contribute with 2 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances so far this season.

Leeds completing a deal for Mikkel Damsgaard would represent a long-term coup. The 20-year-old has progressed decently over the past couple of seasons, making significant improvements to his game. His impressive start to life in Italy was even rewarded with an international debut for Denmark back in November.

Sampdoria’s Danish midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard (R) chest controls the ball ahead of Roma’s English defender Chris Smalling during the Italian Serie A football match AS Rome vs Sampdoria on January 3, 2021 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

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The acquisition of a highly-rated youngster like Mikkel Damsgaard would definitely represent a step in the right direction. The Dane has been making a name for himself at Sampdoria in the Serie A after impressing for Nordsjaelland in his homeland.

He’s hardly a finished article but has already showcased the potential to push on for a bright future in the game. Mikkel Damsgaard ticks plenty of boxes for the Elland Road outfit as an exciting young winger with plenty of room for development.

Written by Sayan Chatterjee

A Premier League enthusiast and an avid follower of the beautiful game.

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