Exclusive: Japanese expert talks potential Leeds move for Europa League winner
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Exclusive: Japanese expert talks potential Leeds move for Europa League winner

Monday was a crazy day in the life of a Leeds fan. But one rumour that might have gone under the radar was Leeds eyeing Daichi Kamada – and we spoke to Japan Times writer Dan Orlowitz about the Frankfurt attacker, and his future.

Kamada, 25, enjoyed a stellar 2021-22 campaign – clocking up 46 appearances for the German side. But it was his form in the Europa League that caught the eye, scoring five of Frankfurt’s 21 goals in the competition.

Frankfurt went on to beat Scottish side Rangers in the Europa League final, Kamada playing all 120 minutes – even scoring in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. But Kamada’s contract is due to expire in 2023.

German outlet Sport1 claim Kamada is now a target for Leeds – while Tottenham are also keen. So, could Kamada be on his way to Leeds? Would he be a good signing? Here is what Orlowitz told LeedsUnited.News.

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“Obviously, Kamada’s a great player. He wants a chance at the Premier League, but I don’t know if this is the right timing when Frankfurt are about to go into the Champions League.

“He’s got a great sense as a playmaker and the physicality that could really help him. It could make sense on paper. But it’s only going to make sense for him if he’s landing right into the XI.

“He can’t be fighting for substitute minutes four months out from the World Cup. I’ve seen that Frankfurt are asking for less than £10million which seems like a bargain to me,” Orlowitz continued, in conversation with LeedsUnited.News.

Leeds eyeing Kamada: Orlowitz on future of Frankfurt attacker

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Kamada is a good player – perhaps not the most eye-catching of players, and certainly a level below Luis Sinisterra. But Jesse Marsch has made it clear that he wants depth in his squad, and signing Kamada would help that.

While Leeds have plenty of options out wide, even without Raphinha, they do lack attacking midfielders. Brenden Aaronson has come in. Mateusz Klich is likely to be more suited to a deeper role in Marsch’s system.

As Orlowitz says, some reports say Kamada could be available for less than £10million. If so, Leeds would be foolish not to consider a move for the Japan star with his contract ending soon. Time will tell.

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