Jesper Lindstrom marked a superb first season in the German top-flight by picking up the 2021/22 Bundesliga Rookie of the Season award, and the Denmark international looks to be a special find for Eintracht Frankfurt.
bundesliga.com takes a look at the young Denmark forward making a splash in Germany's financial capital...
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Attacking midfielder/Forward
Country: Denmark (five caps / one goal)
Born on 29 February 2000 in Taastrup, a suburb of Denmark's capital of Copenhagen, it's at hometown club Taastrup FC that young Lindstrom spent the early stage of his youth career. He then moved to BSI and Vallensbæk IF before joining Danish giants - and his boyhood club - Brondby as a 12-year-old in 2012. Lindstrom went on to make 65 appearances in the famous yellow of Brondby, scoring 15 goals and adding 15 more assists for the club. He went on to lift the Danish championship for the first time since 2005 in 2020/21 and, having earned 14 youth international caps, Lindstrom made his senior international debut in Denmark's 2-0 win over Scandinavian rivals Sweden in November 2020. Lindstrom has since earned five caps for his country and scored his first Denmark goal in a 3-1 win over Serbia in March 2022.
Watch: Lindstrom hits winner as Frankfurt beat Mainz 1-0
Frankfurt won the race to Lindstrom's signature on a five-year contract in the summer of 2021. Lindstrom featured in all eight of Die Adler's first eight league games and struck his first Bundesliga goal in the 2-0 win at Freiburg on Matchday 12, sparking a superb spell of form that saw the Dane score four goals and provide three more assists in the final six matches of the Hinrunde. It helped Frankfurt chalk up six wins out of seven games between Matchdays 11-17 as they moved from 15th place to sixth. Amongst that run, Lindstrom ended 2021 by scoring in each of the final three games of the year in victories over Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Mainz.
Lindstrom had to wait until Matchday 24 for his next league strike but five goals and four assists across 29 league appearances represents a good return for a debut campaign. He also played a significant role in Eintracht reaching the final of the UEFA Europa League, featuring in eight of Frankfurt's 12-match unbeaten run to the showpiece. Lindstrom provided four assists along the way, including teeing up Filip Kostic at the Camp Nou as Die Adler registered one of the club's most famous wins in their history as they dismantled Barcelona on their own turf. It's little wonder then that December's Rookie of the Month winner was named Rookie of the Season on the back of a remarkable first term in Germany.
Plays a bit like: Julian Draxler
Lindstrom describes his game as such: "In general I like to play up front but can also play on the wings. I’ve got a strong shot on me from distance and I like to link up play in the penalty area."
A man that also loved to run at defenders and sank them to the floor with a drop of the shoulder was Draxler. The former Schalke and Wolfsburg midfielder - who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany - takes up very similar attacking positions to Lindstrom, drifting between the lines and making it nigh-on impossible for opposition defenders to keep tabs on his movement.
Did you know?
Lindstrom is not the only man to make the move directly from Brondby to Frankfurt, but he is the first outfield player to do so. Bundesliga goalkeepers Lukas Hradecky (2013) and Frederik Ronnow (2015) both also swapped the Brondby Stadium for the Deutsche Bank Park and each spent three years with Frankfurt before moving to Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin, respectively.
What they’re saying
"Every match in the Bundesliga is difficult, but we have the necessary mentality where everyone fights for each other. We’ve currently achieved more than what people would’ve expected at the start of this journey." - Lindstrom after the 1-0 win over Mainz on Matchday 17
"Jesper is very young and came from a different league. The Bundesliga is a tougher league than the Danish league, you have to get used to it. It’s normal, and everyone in the club and the team knows that. Jesper has already made significant steps forward... you can see that he's an outstanding footballer and has very good technique." - Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp on Lindstrom
"Looking at the way he set up the first goal and scored the second one, you can see that he has found his feet in the Bundesliga. He has more confidence now because he's performing well." - Die Adler coach Oliver Glasner following Lindstrom's match-winning performance against Gladbach
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