Although there could be questions from some whether these sorts of numbers and capabilities will translate over to the Premier League and to a team currently in the position City find them. Well, his numbers in the Champions League in fact mirror Toke’s claims as well as proving that he can perform under high pressurized contests and up against elite opposition.
Kristiansen ranked in the 99th percentile for blocks per 90 (minutes); in the 90th for tackles per 90 and in the 81st for clearances per 90; throughout the group stage of the Champions League. Those are extremely telling stats considering that FC Copenhagen’s group consisted of Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla – arguably the toughest of the entire tournament. So, with him recording numbers like that it should be extremely promising for Leicester fans that he can replicate such performances.
Despite evidently being a very solid defender, does he have the capabilities of being able to play in a possession-based side, which is what is required to be able play in a Rodgers team. I asked Toke whether this is the case. Here’s what he had to say,
"“Yes, he is very comfortable on the ball. He is a good passer, good technique. You are probably not going to see him make silly mistakes like losing possession or bad passes. They (FC Copenhagen) are controlling possession in games really at all times. So, they cannot have any players who are not comfortable with the ball. I think he should be just fine in that system. He is really, in my eyes, a complete full back. Capable of doing everything.“"
It is safe to say that if these performances can be replicated in a Leicester City shirt then the Dane will be a fan-favourite in no time and will contribute immensely to the clubs immediate future.