Reports from Danish outlet TV2 Sport this week have suggested that Rasmus Kristensen’s future lies back at Leeds United once his loan spell with Roma concludes. However, it appears almost certain that Kristensen has played his final game for Leeds.
Kristensen, 26, made the move to Roma during the summer along with seven other senior players from Elland Road. This loan arrangement was part of a controversial deal orchestrated by Victor Orta, featuring relegation loan clauses in select Leeds contracts. This move came after a challenging first year at Leeds following his £10 million transfer from Salzburg. Although he managed to score three goals in 30 appearances, he was primarily brought in to replace Luke Ayling. However, he struggled to outshine Ayling on the field.
Since joining Roma, Kristensen has continued to find it difficult to secure a spot in the team and has even been left out of Roma’s Europa League squad. TV2 Sport reports indicate that Roma has no intention of making his move permanent, thus leaving his future uncertain.
While it is part of the plan for Kristensen to return to Leeds in the summer, it seems unlikely that he has a future at Elland Road. Even though he will have three years left on his contract upon his return, it’s highly probable that he will be on his way out. Leeds United will likely seek to capitalize on his transfer and find a suitable buyer.
The situation at Leeds presents various alternatives. Ayling’s contract is set to expire next summer, and it remains unclear whether he will sign a new deal. However, Leeds has other options on the right flank. Djed Spence, although currently on loan, could become a permanent addition if he impresses post-injury. Additionally, Jamie Shackleton and Sam Byram provide excellent cover, giving the team flexibility.
In summary, while Kristensen is expected to return to Leeds after his loan spell with Roma, the likelihood of him staying at the club seems slim. Leeds United appears well-equipped with alternatives, making it improbable that Kristensen will find a place in the team upon his return. Leeds will likely focus on securing a suitable transfer deal for him while exploring the available options to strengthen the squad.