Who is Emil Bohinen? The Norwegian prospect who has caught Leeds United's eye

Leeds United are keeping a close eye on Emil Bohinen - but who is the Norwegian prospect that could potentially make the move to Elland Road this month?

Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:42 pm
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:45 pm

Name: Emil Bohinen

Age: 20

Position: Winger/central midfield

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From: Norway

Current club: Stabæk

What you need to know...

Emil Bohinen is a 20-year-old Norwegian footballer who can play as a winger or central midfielder.

He is the son of Lars Bohinen - who played for English sides Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County during his career. The 50-year-old is currently the manager of Aalesunds FK.

The Whites target made 29 appearances for Stabæk in Norway's top flight last season - the Eliteserien - scoring four goals and bagging five assists before its conclusion last month.

He is a product of Stabæk's academy and has made 68 appearances for the club since graduating from the youth ranks.

Bohinen has been capped for Norway from Under-16s to Under-21s level but is yet to feature for the senior side.

Emil Bohinen. (Getty)

Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United took the highly-rated prospect on trial at Bramall Lane last month and have been in discussions over a potential transfer whilst Brighton have also been heavily linked with a move.

Lars (his father) said of his ability: "He has a good left foot, his passing range is good. He can also drive past people with the ball at his feet.

“Defensively he has improved a lot over the last 12 months, which has been maybe the most important part of his game to develop.

“His contract expires in a year. I think in the January window probably something will happen. It’s no disaster if it doesn’t happen, but he wants to move on."

Stabæk's sports director Inge Andre Olsen admitted in November that Bohinen is being followed by “Premier League, Bundesliga, Dutch and Belgian clubs."

He told Eurosport Norway: "I know most things about these players. We work with both agents and players should there be any serious interest in them.

"It is natural that there will be interest given his performances for both Stabæk and the U21 national team.

“He appears very mature both on and off the field. He’s the most exciting player in the Eliteserien right now, I think.

"In Emil's case, we work very well and actively with agents. It is not, therefore, given that he will be sold in January, there is a lot to be said. But we will have a very nice dialogue with him around this."