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Leeds: Daichi Kamada already starring in Qatar

Leeds United have been regularly linked with Daichi Kamada over the past few months, with recent reports suggesting that Victor Orta is thought to be keen on a deal to bring the Eintracht Frankfurt forward to Elland Road in the January transfer window.

Indeed, it is not difficult to see why the Whites would be interested in a move for the 26-year-old this winter, as the £26.5m-rated talent having already scored seven goals and registered four assists over his 13 Bundesliga appearances, as well as bagging three goals over six outings in the Champions League and notching two in two DFB-Pokal fixtures.

However, it was undoubtedly the £33k-per-week attacking midfielder’s display in Japan’s shock 2-1 victory over Germany earlier this week that truly announced the playmaker on the world stage, with the 24-cap star turning in a show-stopping performance against one of the favourites to go on and lift the World Cup in December.

Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch, the 26-year-old highly impressed while in possession of the ball, completing 15 of his 18 attempted passes – a success rate of 83% – finding his man with three long balls and one cross, completing one dribble, making one key pass and taking one shot at Manuel Neuer’s goal.

The former Sagan Tosu sensation also caught the eye in a defensive capacity, winning four of his six duels – a success rate of 67% – and making three tackles, with these metrics seeing the 26-year-old earn an impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.0 – with Der Spiegel journalist Felix Dachsel dubbing Kamada “outstanding“.

As such, should Orta have had any doubts about the Japanese talent’s ability to perform at the very highest level of the game, the playmaker’s performance against Die Mannschaft will have most certainly put any uncertainty to bed, with Kamada very much looking to be a player who would make an exceptional addition to Jesse Marsch’s current attacking options.

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However, with a higher profile comes greater interest, leading us to believe that, should the Whites’ director of football wish to give his side the best possible chance of landing the midfielder this January, he must start to put the wheels in motion on a move for the Frankfurt star.