Eintracht Frankfurt’s young Denmark international Jesper Lindstrom has been central to his team’s superb form that closed out the Hinrunde. - © DFL
Eintracht Frankfurt’s young Denmark international Jesper Lindstrom has been central to his team’s superb form that closed out the Hinrunde. - © DFL
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Who is Jesper Lindstrom, Eintracht Frankfurt's rookie Denmark international?

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Jesper Lindstrom has been in devastating form at the back end of the Hinrunde and 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...

Jesper Lindstrom

Age: 21
Club:
Eintracht Frankfurt
Position:
Attacking midfielder/Forward
Country:
Denmark (three caps)

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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 three caps for his country.

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, but both club and player had a slow start to the 2021/22 campaign. Frankfurt drew five of their first six matches of the Bundesliga season before registering their first win - a 2-1 victory at reigning champions Bayern Munich. Lindstrom featured in all eight of Die Adler's first eight league games, but just two of those were from his preferred No.10 position. He then spent two games on the bench before returning to the side in emphatic fashion in a central attacking role.

Lindstrom 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.

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.

Attack-minded, fleet of foot and a good dribbler - there’s plenty to like about Lindstrom’s game. - Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

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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