Arnaut Danjuma has caught the attention of plenty during the 2020-21 campaign. His 17 goals fired Bournemouth into the Championship play-offs but eventually, the Cherries suffered a 3-2 semi-final defeat on aggregate to Bournemouth. Now, Danjuma wants a move, name dropping Leeds United.
Danjuma, 24, joined Bournemouth for a fee of £13.7million in 2019 from Belgian side Club Brugge. The former PSV and NEC Nijmegen brought with him plenty of pedigree – even earning two Netherlands caps. But he struggled in the Premier League, failing to score or assist in 14 games.
However, he rediscovered his touch in the Championship. Last season, he scored 17 goals and laid on eight assists as the Cherries finished in the top six. But Danjuma, after one good season in the second tier, is already looking to take advantage. He wants to move.
Danjuma believes he has proven he is more than ready for a place at a Premier League club. Discussing his future with major Dutch outlet Voetbal International, the versatile attacker wants to join Leeds: “I have outgrown the Championship. A move to a club like Leeds would be a great step.”
So, do Leeds need to look at Bournemouth ace Danjuma?
Predominantly, Danjuma played on the left flank last season. While he can play up front, behind the striker or on the right – there is no way he is starting on the left ahead of Jack Harrison. He is not a midfielder, and will not play in a Bielsa side as a 10. On the right, he does not replace Raphinha.
Up front, perhaps he could be good cover for Patrick Bamford. Give the uncapped English ace a kick up the backside and keep him on his toes. But is there any point in spending what is likely to be a fee north of £15million on a player that would provide cover? No. Danjuma should be avoided.