Leeds United defender Rasmus Kristensen has forced Kasper Hjulmand to reconsider his decision to leave him out of his Denmark squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers following his performance at Molineux at the weekend.
Kristensen was substituted on for Wilfried Gnonto in the game’s 62nd minute in what was presumably intended to be a defensive change.
Yet the Dane quickly made an attacking contribution – scoring 23 seconds after coming off the bench to extend his side’s lead over Wolves to 3 goals to nil.
As a result of this impressive display, the 25-year-old has today received a call up to the Danish national team after originally being omitted.
Originally, Hjulmand had favoured uncapped 19-year-old Elias Jelert and Joakhim Maehle for the right-back berth.
Kristensen’s goal on Saturday was his first for Leeds, and could potentially kick-start a run of form for a player who has struggled since joining the Yorkshire giants.
Signed last summer as an intended replacement for club stalwart Luke Ayling, he has found himself benched in recent times due to consistently impressive performances from the player he was brought in to succeed at right-back.
Unfortunately for Kristensen’s starting XI selection hopes, Ayling also found himself on the score sheet in Saturday’s clash.
Now, Whites head coach Javi Gracia is faced with a problem which any manager wants to have as he finds two players in the same position vying for a place in the XI.
And, more importantly, both players are putting in quality performances to justify their potential selection.