With the transfer window now in full swing, there probably hasn’t been 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 a number of their fringe and academy stars simply aren’t good enough.
One player who Leeds are targeting this month is Fredrik André Bjørkan, a left-back currently plying his trade for Bodo/Glimt.
The 22-year-old is a rising star of Norwegian football and has been capped 12 times by their U21 side.
According to La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), the Whites are set to battle Italian side Sampdoria for his signature. There is also further interest from England with Newcastle and Norwich seemingly eyeing a move for the young defender.
Via Transfermarkt, Bjorkan is only rated at a measly £1.08m so wouldn’t cost much if Leeds wanted to invest.
Bjorkan’s reputation is rather 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’d have an ideal remedy, one who has already played Europa League football and stood out against AC Milan.
Glimt won the 2020 Norwegian top-flight and a big part of that was down to Bjorkan, someone who was ever-present on his way to assisting four goals in 30 outings. That shows that he’s adept going forward but what’s most impressive are the 1.7 tackles a game he won for his side.
To put that into context, Alioski has won the same number for Leeds this term. That’s in a team who are having to do far more defending too.
Though, the most encouraging detail yet comes courtesy of Frank Amundsen, an expert on all things Leeds and Glimt: “Truly believe Bjørkan will fit Bielsa’s style of play pretty well,” he stated towards the end of last year.
This wouldn’t be a marquee deal but given the potential Bjorkan has at the age of just 22, it would be great business.
He’d also surely be an upgrade on the inconsistent Alioski.