Date: 2nd June 2022 at 3:26pm
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Leeds United look set to return to RB Salzburg for a transfer target, this time with their sights set on full back Rasmus Kristensen.

What’s the word?

That’s according to The Athletic, who report that the club have been closely following the Danish international.

Leeds had also been linked with promising teenager Calvin Ramsay for the same position, but interest from Liverpool has seen Marsch turn attention to his old club once again for upgrades.

The Whites will face competition for the 24-year-old, as Dortmund and Brentford have both registered an interest. Kristensen would reportedly cost about £10m.

Ayling must be dropped

Following his reckless red card challenge late in the season, which saw him branded an “idiot” by Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports (via Leeds Live), Luke Ayling has been heavily scrutinised. It seems that this scrutiny, and how he left his team in a lurch at such a pivotal moment of the season, has forced Marsch’s hand.

Ayling has been underperforming for some time, and his average SofaScore rating of 6.61 is the third worst out of his teammates that have not played youth football this season.

The Danish international conversely boasts a 7.31 average SofaScore rating, and his return of seven goals and four assists outperforms Ayling in both areas.

It is however his impressive work rate and ability to defend high up the pitch that will have interested Marsch, as he looks to improve upon Ayling, but not find someone that is too dissimilar from his play style.

The £13.5m-rated man sits in the 99th percentile for tackles per 90, and in the 93rd percentile for pressures per 90, which paints the picture of an aggressive defender who loves to win the ball and quickly turn defence into attack.

Marsch was clearly a fan of Kristensen, as he dubbed him “one of our best players” back when the two were at RB Salzburg together. His current manager Matthias Jaissle also recently labelled him an “absolute leader”, which is something which Leeds have clearly lacked, as they slumped to a 17th placed finish this season.

At last, it seems that the Whites are preparing to replace Ayling, who has struggled defensively in the Premier League since he earned promotion with the team in 2020.

In Kristensen they appear to have a readymade Leeds United player, who would surely adapt quickly to the high physical demands of the league and instantly upgrade the team.

In other news, Marsch is already eyeing a potential Raphinha replacement in “unplayable” £18m-rated monster…

 

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