Leeds’ £10m man given one-star rating after ‘very nervous’ international display


Rasmus Kristensen’s disappointing season continues and the AS Roma loanee from Leeds United was given a one-star rating after an impressive afternoon in Denmark’s 2-0 win over Northern Ireland.

If his inclusion in Kasper Hjulmand’s starting XI was a surprise, it’s fair to say the struggles that followed were not. At least not for the Leeds United supporters who watched Rasmus Kristensen make his way through a particularly underwhelming season at Elland Road, only to defy gravity and fail when he switched to loan to Serie A giants Roma.

Kristensen gave Northern Ireland the lead inside just eight minutes, as he raced on to Dion Charles’s pass and his unfortunate back pass was denied by the woodwork.

Danish publication Tipsbladet didn’t have many positive things to say about the defender’s full-time performance either, rating Kristensen just one out of six.

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The struggle continues for Leeds United’s Rasmus Kristensen

“He got a chance in (Kasper) Hjulmand’s starting lineup at the expense of Joakim Maehle,” Tipsbladet wrote. “But (Kristensen) didn’t take it.

“The game got off to a very nervous start with the Northern Ireland striker hitting the inside of the post. It wasn’t Rasmus Nissen’s night.”

In truth, he didn’t really have it season.

Kristensen, who was so impressive at Red Bull Salzburg before his £10 million move to Leeds, has had little success during his time at Roma either, starting one of the Gialorrosi on last six Serie A games after losing his place in Jose Mourinho’s XI.

The Elland Road mishap was even included in Tuttomercatoweb’s Flop of the Week team after Roma lost 1-0 to Inter Milan at the end of October.

Out of the Roma team

“It seems like empty talk when I say now that we were fully prepared and ready to give it a shot. Especially us, who don’t play as much as we got the chance tonight,” Kristensen sighs after Rasmus Hojlund and Christian Eriksen were stuck in Denmark falling in the Windsor (DR) pitch.

“In the end, it wasn’t good enough at all.”

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