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Jesper Lindstrøm the Danish nugget that stands on the road to FC Barcelona

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Part of the latest summer wave of talent from the Danish league, young attacking midfielder Jesper Lindstrøm is showing off his talents in the Bundesliga this season. The 22-year-old who cost Eintracht Frankfurt €7m to come from Brøndby had struggled to justify the cost of his transfer and his debut was not easy. Moreover in an interview for Picture shortly after his arrival, he was already aware of his axes of progression on the physical plane: “look at my body, I’m not the strongest. But I am someone who runs a lot and I am fast. That’s why I try to get the ball back before the opponent gets past me. So I don’t have any problems with the pressing, but I have to improve in the duels.” Having to get up to the level of the physical intensity of the Bundesliga, the native of Taastrup needed time and the complicated start to the season for the Eagles (15th after 10 days) did not help him in his adaptation.

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Moreover, after a match against Hertha Berlin lost 2-1 on October 16, sporting director Markus Krösche already put the club’s young recruits (Jesper Lindstrøm, Jens Petter Hauge, Sam Lammers) face to face with their responsibilities: “The boys all have great potential, but that alone is not enough in the long run. We must also continue to put it on the ground. The development process must go faster. » For Jesper Lindstrøm it took an extra month, but it was worth it. In a 2-0 victory against Freiburg, he finally found the net on November 21. Showing himself decisive and truly launching his German adventure, he reassured his coach Oliver Glasner: “we know it’s not always a steep road to the top. But Jesper has shown in training and through his Europa League appearances that he now understands a bit better how we want to put him in situations. A lesson well learned by the main interested party who made his way into Oliver Glasner’s 3-4-2-1 alongside Daichi Kamada and behind Rafael Borré.

Finally adapted

Continuing with 3 goals and 2 offerings during the month of December, he participated in the recovery of his team now ninth in the Bundesliga, but 5 short lengths from the European places. With a total record of 5 goals and 8 offerings in 34 matches in all competitions, he has had a solid first season despite a difficult start and he participated in the beautiful epic of Frankfurt in the Europa League. Decisive with his pass for Daichi Kamada in the round of 16 against Betis in the first leg victory (2-1/1-1), he produced an interesting performance against FC Barcelona at home (1-1). Before the return match, the Dane already presents himself as one of Frankfurt’s main dangers for the Catalan team (meeting to follow this Thursday at 9 p.m. on our live commentary). Now one of the main threats of the German club, Jesper Lindstrøm is an essential link in Oliver Glasner’s system.

The latter is perfectly satisfied with it: “He had a difficult start because he had to get to know the intensity of the Bundesliga, but he took a very big step and he is a player with great potential and he is going in the right direction now”. Sporting director Markus Krösche was even surprised by such a quick reaction from the Danish international (8 caps): “Usually a season goes by adapting to the intensity and physical demands of the Bundesliga, but he did it very quickly and that’s good. That’s his quality.” Confident before facing FC Barcelona, ​​Jesper Lindstrøm also intends to continue playing carefree as he explained on the UEFA website : “We can probably make good use of the extra space we get when we play the bigger teams, when we can use our speed and that’s good for me.” The Catalans have been warned of the danger posed by Danish dynamite Jesper Lindstrøm.

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