Kasper Schmeichel was full of praise for reported Leicester City target Mikkel Damsgaard after the winger’s Euro 2020 heroics led Denmark past Russia and into the round of 16, as reported by One Football.
After Turkey played like turkeys, the hipster favourites crashing and burning on the continental stage, there was a real chance another of the tournament’s dark horses would fall at the first hurdle.
But, thanks to Damsgaard and co, it is Denmark – rather than near neighbours Finland – who will be going head to head with Robert Page’s Wales in an intriguing round-of-16 clash this weekend.
The Sampdoria speed-machine set the Danes on their way to a crushing 4-1 victory over Russia on Monday night, opening the scoring with a genuine goal of the tournament contender.
And if Damsgaard was a man in demand before Euro 2020, he certainly will be after it.
Will ‘phenomenal’ Damsgaard join Leicester City?
In February, Calciomercato reported Leicester were interested in a 20-year-old who honed his considerable talents under former Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria.
And after watching in awe as Damsgaard curled a picture-perfect shot into the top corner of the Russian net, you’d think Schmeichel will be doing everything he can to convince Leicester to step up their interest in one of the continent’s most exciting young forwards.
“There’s no one to replace Christian Eriksen, but Mikkel? Shut up, what a player,” said a clearly awe-struck Schmeichel.
“We have seen it in training and the fact he produces what he produces in the matches, it is fantastic.
“I told Mikkel Damsgaard I had the feeling he would score. He was so close against Belgium and played such a fantastic match so I thought it was the perfect time for him to get his goal.
“He was phenomenal.”
Damsgaard’s wonder goal in Copenhagen didn’t go unnoticed back home at Sampdoria either.