Is Heerenveen's Sam Larsson the perfect target for Championship clubs?

Sam Larsson

The Swedish winger could be the perfect recruit for sides like Derby County, Fulham and Leeds United.

Sam LarssonSam Larsson takes a freekick for Sweden

With the Championship season slowly grinding towards the end, it's very likely that clubs are already putting together lists of potential summer transfer targets, as they build for next season. Some teams in the Championship won't know for sure just yet as to whether or not they're going to even be in the Championship next season, with the race for promotion still wide open.

That being said, wherever potential deals may appear, teams will be interested, and one exciting prospect in the Dutch Eredivisie is Heerenveen's Swedish winger, Sam Larsson. Arriving at the Abe Lenstra Stadium in 2014 after signing from IFK Goteborg, Sam Larsson has emerged as a bright young talent over the last season.

Playing mostly as a left-sided midfielder, who can function in both a 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1, Sam Larsson has scored 22 goals in 81 games for the Dutch side, and can often be seen cutting inside onto his right-foot, causing defenders nightmares. 

Sam LarssonSam Larsson celebrates with team mates

So which teams might Larsson suit the best? HITC Sport have drawn together a list of three possible destinations for the Swedish midfielder, but have we missed anyone out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Derby County

Derby manager Steve McClarenDerby manager Steve McClaren

After floundering towards the end of the season this year, Steve McClaren will likely be wanting recruits in the summer to aide Derby County's promotion push next season. One of the major positions the Rams could do with strengthening is the left-side of midfield, and after utilising both a 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1 recently, Sam Larsson could well be the perfect fit. The Rams need another talented, goal-scoring winger on the left, to match the efforts of Tom Ince on the right.


Fulham manager Slavisa JokanovicFulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic

With promotion still a possibility, Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic could well be preparing for Premier League football next season. However, with Sheffield Wednesday just out of reach, Fulham would be wise to look at potentially cheaper options for next season. Sam Larsson would likely fetch a much cheaper price than recruitments from the Premier League/Championship, and could add some flair and goals to an already talented attacking front line. 

Leeds United

Garry Monk manager of Leeds UnitedGarry Monk, manager of Leeds United

Garry Monk may also be preparing for Premier League football next year, but that doesn't change the fact that Leeds United could do with another left-sided midfielder. Stuart Dallas, Kemar Roofe and a number of others have filled that role for the Whites this season, and despite the side's success, Garry Monk will likely be feeling his side could do with adding some goals from midfield. Further wingers were brought in on loan in January, signifying Monk's intent to improve that position. Sam Larsson's record is evidence enough to prove he could fill that role, and might add some flair to a Leeds United side who could be playing in either the Premier League or the Championship next season.

Souleymane Doukara celebrates Leeds United's second goalSouleymane Doukara celebrates Leeds United's second goal

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