Jon Newsome has told BBC Radio Leeds that he is not sure what Rasmus Kristensen offers following the right-back’s poor performance for Leeds United in their FA Cup tie with Cardiff City on Sunday.
Leeds just about secured a replay from their trip to the Welsh capital. Jesse Marsch’s men had to come from 2-0 down in the second-half to keep themselves in the competition.
Certainly, anyone who started the first-half – perhaps Joel Robles, Willy Gnonto and Darko Gyabi aside – could have no complaints about losing their place for Leeds’ next Premier League game.
Kristensen criticised for display at Cardiff
And Kristensen was one of those who struggled. Not a lot of Cardiff’s attacks came down Leeds’ right flank. However, the Dane still seemed to really struggle to make a positive impact on the game.
He was often the player Leeds looked for when they attempted to switch possession. And the passing from Pascal Struijk and Sam Greenwood often presented Kristensen with a good opening. However, he seemed to really struggle to bring the ball under control and keep the momentum going.
It really did appear that Leeds improved with Cody Drameh on the field. That was not only because the summer signing was no longer playing. But Drameh looked more comfortable in the game than the 25-year-old.
Newsome expressed some concern about Kristensen’s form since arriving in the summer.
“Don’t see what he offers. Defensively, I know the modern day full-back is a wing-back and it’s more about your attacking part of your game. But I was talking to one of the ex-players who does radio before the game, we were chatting about him and just saying – and Firpo’s the same – he doesn’t recognise danger, doesn’t see the threat of what’s happening behind him,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“Obviously it’s what Jesse’s asking him to do, but he’s pushing on really high, leaves that space. But he even pushes on high when the ball’s on the other side and leaves the centre-backs two vs two. Three or four times that big diagonal ball was miscontrolled or he’s not even got a touch on it. It’s gone under his foot. Just a poor, poor performance.”
Kristensen has only shown glimpses of why Leeds signed him since his arrival. But he is yet to score and has only provided one assist this season. Last year, he was directly involved in 18 goals for Red Bull Salzburg.
Leeds made a big statement signing Kristensen when they already had Luke Ayling and Drameh on the books. And now, there is speculation that Drameh could leave.
If Marsch persists with Kristensen, you can understand why Drameh may feel that he has little choice. Surely the time has now come for the 21-year-old to get his opportunity.