Overview of Player
Jonas Knudsen is a defender, who primarily plays as a left back or left wing-back, but can also play as a left midfielder or a centre back. Knudsen currently plays for Championship side, Ipswich Town, having joined the club in August 2015, and has made 117 appearances, scoring four goals in the process, including two goals in the East Anglian Derby during the 2016/17 season.
Before joining the Tractor Boys, he played for Esbjerg fB in his native Denmark, and played 123 games, scoring 5 goals over seven seasons.
Despite a shaky start to his Ipswich career, the Dane has come on leaps and bounds in the last two seasons, having played both at left back and centre back – particularly impressing the home fans at centre-back, and it has been questioned if he will end up playing at centre-back.
So far, he has been called up three times by Denmark.
Overview of Nation
Denmark’s biggest day came when they won the European Championships in 1992, and following this won the Confederations Cup in 1995. With no major trophy since, these were the big days for the nation. They return to the World Cup after not qualifying for the 2014 tournament, however it is only their fifth appearance at the World Cup.
The national side are currently ranked 12th in the FIFA Rankings, and 18th in the ELO rankings.
They qualified for the World Cup by finishing second in their group, behind Poland, and therefore getting through to the Play Offs, where they beat the Republic of Ireland 5-1 on aggregate, after a bore draw first leg, the Danes smashed Ireland 5-1 in the second leg to send them to Russia.
Performance in Qualification
Jonas Knudsen didn’t play in any qualification games, although he does have another three caps to his name, but good performances with Ipswich Town has lead to him being named in the Denmark squad.
Why He Is One to Watch
Jonas Knudsen is one to watch because of his versatility, he can play in a number of different positions so you never know where he might slot it which is handy for Denmark if they ever need someone to play in a different role than normal – Jonas is your man!
Speed is also a very important part of Jonas’ game, as he can run up the wing quick – and this is huge bonus of his play – he can assist a number of goals – and even pop in a goal or two!
Another huge part of his game are his long throws – which have been compared to Rory Delap’s – if used correctly, they can be dangerous in the box, and create goal scoring opportunities
A part of his game that does need work on though is getting back quicker – he loves to get involved in attacks – but this sometimes means he can’t get back to defend in time which means others have to step in for him.
Video of player/compilation
Ipswich legend, Jonas Knudsen, compilation.
As you can see above, he has very good long throws (18) and these throws can get the team into attacking positions, natural stamina (15) is also very good attribute wise. He also has a 12 for long shots, as he has been known for hitting the bar a few times a season with his long shots, and as you can see in the video, for the long shot he scored against Norwich.
This isn’t the only ‘One to Watch’, we are releasing a one to watch article for every nation in the World Cup. An hour before each team kick off their first World Cup Group Stage game, we will release that nations one to watch. These can be viewed here – One to Watch for all Nations in World Cup 2018.
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