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Leeds United Hold Discussion Over Swedish International: How Will He Fit Into Bielsa’s Team?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to the Swedish news outlet Expressen, Leeds United have expressed interest in Jens Cajuste. The Midtjylland midfielder has emerged as a transfer target for a host of Premier League clubs, with the player himself keen on a move to England. As such, Leeds United are set to face stiff competition from Newcastle United, Wolves and Crystal Palace in the pursuit of Cajuste, though they have already started discussions over a possible move.

Who Is Jens Cajuste?

A native of Goteborg, Jens Cajuste began his footballing career in Orgryte, before joining Midtjylland in 2018 for a fee of just €180k. It turned out to be an absolute bargain for the Norwegian outfit, as the player has since established himself as a key component in the first team, with 69 competitive appearances to his name.

A defensive midfielder by trade, Cajuste’s success at Midtjylland earned him his debut for the Swedish national team in November 2020. He has since notched up five appearances for Sverige, even being a part of the Euro 2020 squad. The youngster, though, played second fiddle to Albin Ekdal and Kristoffer Olsson, featuring in just one game in the competition.

However, many believe Cajuste could become the future face of the Swedish midfield. His work ethic, determination and fighting spirit make him an ideal outlet in the middle of the park for Janne Andersson’s men. Not to mention, the 21-year-old offers excellent versatility to the table, as he can operate in an advanced midfield as well as the wide midfield role.

Leeds United have expressed interest in Jens Cajuste - Does he have what it takes?
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How Does He Fit In At Leeds United?

Leeds United are on the hunt for midfield reinforcements, as they look to push for a European spot in the upcoming Premier League campaign. On that note, Cajuste should be an interesting option given his recent success at Midtjylland.

The youngster offers work ethic and aggression to the table that are tailor-made made for Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical philosophy at Elland Road. Therefore, he should have no difficulties settling into the new setup, although it remains to be seen whether he can survive in the fast-paced and physical nature of English football.

From a sporting perspective, Cajuste might be an ideal alternative for Kalvin Phillips, and perhaps even a direct replacement, should the Englishman ends up leaving the club (hopefully, that doesn’t happen). Additionally, the Swedish international should offer some much-needed competition for Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas in midfield, whilst also appearing as a potential alternative in the wingback position.

Although a work-in-progress, Jens Cajuste has what it takes to become an asset for Leeds United. And at the age of 21, he should indeed be a wise gamble for the Whites this summer.

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