Glen Kamara is making quite the impact at Leeds United with the former Rangers ace producing his best performance since his summer move to the Championship over the weekend.
Now, the Finland international is not the sort of player who tends to stand out in highlight reels. Glen Kamara does much of his best work in the shadows, setting the tempo and creating the rhythm with his intelligent, sharp passing in the middle of the park.
The former Rangers ace, if you like, is the drummer who lays the beat for the swaggering frontman, in this case Leeds’ array of eye-catching forwards. Dan James, Crysencio Summerville and the ‘unplayable’ Georginio Rutter hogged most of the headlines after Leeds crushed Yorkshire neighbours Huddersfield Town 4-1 over the weekend.
But, amid all the praise heading the way of his attackers, Daniel Farke was keen to highlight the lesser-spotted role played by the man who laid the foundations in behind.
“In general, we have a really, really young squad. It’s important also to have some experienced players,” Farke tells the Yorkshire Evening Post, hailing the impact made by his 28-year-old playmaker.
“We don’t have to speak about his CV. (Glen Kamara) has played for a big club, with Rangers, with always lots of pressure to win more or less each and every game in the league. He’s a proven Finland international with more than 50 caps already.
“So, he was involved in many, many battles on the pitch.
With a 96 per cent pass completion rate and the joint-most interceptions of any Leeds player, that Huddersfield hammering was – Farke accepts – Kamara’s most complete performance since leaving Glasgow in a £5 million deal at the end of August (WhoScored).
“He’s on a good path. I agree, I think it was probably his most complex performance,” Farke adds, insisting that there is still ‘more to come’ from a man yet to hit 100 per cent after a season spent largely on the Rangers bench.
“He’s definitely a player who gives us lots of quality on the ball in his decision-making, which pass to make. (Kamara) can also dictate the rhythm of the game.
“He is a top team-mate, a top lad, pretty much involved in each every joke that the lads have in the dressing room. So he’s a great, great guy to have around.