Danish reporter’s insight on Leicester signing Victor Kristiansen
The last occasion in which Leicester City made a permanent transfer in the January transfer window was all the way back in 2018. So it was no surprise that Foxes fans were overjoyed when the club announced the £17.5 million signing of 20-year-old Danish left-back Victor Kristiansen. With City seemingly being dragged into a dogged relegation fight it does beg the question who exactly has Brendan Rodgers spent this fee on and how will he aid this current struggling Leicester side.
In order to try and understand the complete scope of Kristiansen’s capabilities FoL spoke to Danish Superliga reporter and Chief editor of Vilfort Park, Toke Theilade. The Superliga has been a hotbed for young talents of recent years with the likes of Mohammed Kudas now at Ajax and most recently 18-year-old Andreas Schjeielderup transferring to Benfica for an estimate £12 million. It is a selling league; however this is not necessarily the case for the FC Copenhagen. As Toke explains:
“That is also part of what makes Victor Kristiansen special. He grew up in Copenhagen and obviously they are a selling club, they are not the biggest fish in Europe, but they are also by far the most ambitious in club in all of Scandinavia. Their main goal is to qualify for the European group stages… that means they are much more competitive they are not going to play a youngster so that they can sell them for them more. If they are playing a youngster its because he is the best (in that position) and that gives them the best chance to win. So, Kristiansen getting his breakthrough this early at Copenhagen is really a sign of high quality, you really have to earn a spot there.“
There is so often an element of the lights being too bright when individuals arrive in the Premier league, this is Toke’s thoughts how Kristiansen will cope with the pressures of the league: