Leeds United have opened talks to sign FC Midtjylland midfielder Jens Cajuste, and he’s a transfer target that could be a really shrewd buy for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
What’s the story?
According to Swedish publication Expressen, the likes of Leeds, Wolves, Newcastle and Crystal Palace are all in discussions to sign Cajuste this summer, with interest from English sides having intensified in recent weeks.
The report adds that Cajuste’s non-involvement in Midtjylland’s Champions League qualifying clash on Tuesday night was an indication of the Danish club not wanting to risk anything ahead of a potential move for their 21-year-old starlet.
Wins more duels than Kalvin Phillips
Able to play as a holding midfielder or slightly further forward as he did last season, Cajuste could arrive as the player to take the burden off Kalvin Phillips’ shoulder in the engine room.
The Whites looked a shadow of themselves without the England international running things in the middle of the park, with Leeds winning just two of the eight Premier League games that he missed in the 2020/2021 campaign.
But in Cajuste, they could get that steady presence who could fill those shoes whenever needed.
A profile done by Leeds Live, said of him: “Cajuste is an all-action midfielder whose attributes look ready-made for Premier League football. Tough tackling, close control and accurate passing are seen as his main strengths but he offers everything you would want in a player of his position.
“Standing at 6 foot 2, he is dominant both in the air and on the surface which would provide vital stability in the middle of the park for Leeds. The 21-year-old also enjoys exhibiting his flair with a number of fancy but effective touches and passes being a particular stand-out feature of his overall game.”
In fact, as per Sofascore, Cajuste actually won more duels per game last season than his Leeds counterpart (5.6 to 5.3), while he also had a marginally better success rate in those 50/50s too, winning 56% compared to Phillips’ 52%.
The 21-year-old Sweden international is the kind of combative player that Bielsa desperately needs to bolster his midfield ranks, especially when Phillips could do with a breather or finds himself on the side-lines with injury.
It’s exactly why the Leeds boss will be buzzing that the Whites have opened talks over signing the midfielder this summer.
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