Massimo Cellino’s spell as Leeds United owner was a mixture of controversy, red tape and a whole host of unknown, flop signings. Casper Sloth was one of those.
The Danish midfielder joined Leeds alongside the likes of Dario Del Fabro, Edgar Cani, Tommaso Bianchi and Zan Benedecic, for a £600,000 (Yorkshire Evening Post) fee from Aarhus in the summer of 2014.
There was plenty of hype surrounding Sloth, given that he had earned nine caps for Denmark. But he managed just 14 times for Leeds before eventually leaving in 2016, moving back to Denmark with Aalborg.
Only 24 appearances in two years with Aalborg has seen his stock fall even further, but the 27-year-old now has the chance to save his career – and will attempt to do so in Scotland.
That is because Scottish Premiership side Motherwell have opted to take the plunge and look to bring the best out of Sloth, landing him on a free transfer from Aalborg.
Our fourth summer signing is Danish international midfielder Casper Sloth.
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) May 21, 2019
No doubt, there is certainly ability under the bonnet. But what Sloth needs is regular game time, and the backing of a loyal fanbase that will support him – even through patches of sticky form.
The technical side to his game, as well as the vision and an eye for goal will follow. Leeds fans reacted to the news that Sloth is back on these shores, with many hoping he has improved for Motherwell’s sake.
Was at #Lufc a few years back, was never given a chance to judge him.. Had broken into the Danish national team before that so bound to be a player in there somewhere!
— Andy (@Ted84623829) May 21, 2019
— Freddy Dalton (@freddylufc) May 21, 2019
One of many crazy signings under mad Massimo
— White Knight LUFC (@WhiteKnightLUFC) May 21, 2019
— Tom Wilson (@TomWilson2323) May 21, 2019
Lord help you
— Scott O’Neill (@scottoneillLufc) May 21, 2019
Promised a bit. Delivered nothing. A mascot for the era.
— Mr Ultracheese (@cmcm52irfc) May 21, 2019
Actually thought he showed promise, when he got the chance
— cano (@AidanCanavan) May 21, 2019