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With the transfer window now in full swing, there probably wasn’t a better excuse for Leeds to go out and sign someone.
Having lost 3-0 to League Two Crawley Town on Sunday, it’s clear that some of their fringe and academy stars just aren’t good enough.
Which is the word?
One player Leeds is targeting this month is Fredrik André Bjørkan, a left-back currently practicing for Bodo / Glimt.
The 22-year-old is a rising star of Norwegian soccer and has been capped 12 times with his U21 team.
According to La Repubblica (via Sports witness), the whites will face Italian Sampdoria for their signature. There is also more interest from England with Newcastle and Norwich apparently looking at a play for the young defender.
Is Alioski good enough for Leeds?
Via Transfer market, Bjorkan only has a minimum listing of 1.08 million pounds, so it would not cost much if Leeds wanted to invest.
Bjorkan’s reputation is quite small at the moment, but his stature within the game is growing all the time. He’s a player that’s been on Leeds’ radar for a while and considering they only have two viable left backs to choose from, Gjanni Alioski and Leif Davis, Victor Orta needs to find someone else.
In the 22-year-old, they would have an ideal remedy, one that has already played the Europa League and stood out against AC Milan.
Glimt won Norway’s top flight in 2020 and a big part of that was down to Bjorkan, someone who was always there on his way to help. four goals in 30 outings. That shows that he is an expert on the future, but the most impressive are the 1.7 tackles a game that you won on your side.
To put that in context, Alioski has won the same number for Leeds this quarter. That is in a team that also has to defend a lot more.
However, the most encouraging detail so far comes courtesy of Frank Amundsen, an expert on all things Leeds and Glimt: “I really think Bjørkan will fit in quite well with Bielsa’s style of play,” he said. set towards the end of last year.
This wouldn’t be a great deal, but given the potential that Bjorkan has at just 22 years old, it would be a great deal.
It would surely also be an improvement on the inconsistent Alioski.