Orlowitz on the Frankfurt striker’s future

Monday was a crazy day in the life of a Leeds fan. But one rumor that might have gone unnoticed was that Leeds were eyeing Daichi Kamada – and we spoke to Japan Times writer Dan Orlowitz about the Frankfurt striker and his future.

Kamada, 25, has enjoyed an excellent 2021-22 campaign – registering 46 appearances for the German side. But it was their Europa League form that caught the eye, scoring five of Frankfurt’s 21 goals in the competition.

Frankfurt then beat Scottish Rangers in the Europa League final, with Kamada playing all 120 minutes – even scoring in the penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw. But Kamada’s contract is due to expire in 2023.

German outlet Sport1 claim Kamada is now a target for Leeds – while Tottenham are also keen. So could Kamada be on his way to Leeds? Would he be a good recruit? Here’s what Orlowitz told LeedsUnited.News.

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“Obviously Kamada is a great player. He wants a chance in the Premier League, but I don’t know if now is the right time as Frankfurt are about to enter the Champions League.

“He has good sense as a playmaker and a physique that could really help him. It might make sense on paper. But it will only make sense for him if he lands straight in the XI.

“He can’t fight for substitute minutes four months away from the World Cup. I saw that Frankfurt was asking for less than £10m, which seems like a bargain to me,” Orlowitz continued, in conversation with LeedsUnited.News.

Leeds eyes Kamada: Orlowitz on Frankfurt striker’s future

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Kamada is a good player – maybe not the most eye-catching of players, and certainly a level below Luis Sinisterra. But Jesse Marsch has made it clear he wants depth in his squad, and signing Kamada would help with that.

While Leeds have plenty of options, even without Raphinha, they lack attacking midfielders. Brenden Aaronson entered. Mateusz Klich is probably best suited to play a deeper role in Marsch’s system.

As Orlowitz says, there are reports that Kamada could be available for less than £10m. If so, Leeds would be foolish not to consider a move for the Japanese star as his contract runs out soon. Time will tell us.

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