Cornelius capture a wise move

TEAMtalk guest Simon Yaffe has good news for Cardiff fans as he gives his verdict on potential big-money signing Andreas Cornelius.

Last Updated: 28/06/13 at 08:53 Post Comment

Andreas Cornelius: Set to complete Cardiff move

Andreas Cornelius: Set to complete Cardiff move

Cardiff City fans will be breathing a sigh of relief after manager Malky Mackay reinforced his squad ahead of their debut Premier League campaign.

Andreas Cornelius, Mackay's first signing of the summer, may not be familiar to many Bluebirds, but the big Dane has already made a huge impact for FC Copenhagen.

The 20-year-old only made his senior debut in April last year, but his 18 goals in 32 games proved enough for Cardiff to splash the cash.

Standing at 6ft 4in, Cornelius is surprisingly mobile for a tall footballer and offers more than just being a simple target man.

Quick and pacey, with a powerful left foot, FC Copenhagen tended to play a second striker off of him, so he will be perfect fodder for either Craig Bellamy or Nicky Maynard.

Born in the Danish capital, he started his career in the youth academy of Fremad Amager, before joining a similar set-up at FC Copenhagen.

Cornelius scored his first goal against Midtjylland in the first game of the 2012/13 season and then scored the opening goal against Odense in a 2-2 draw.

He also scored the winning goal against Molde in the Europa League in September.

Cornelius' form earned him a call-up to his national side, which he marked with a goal in an away win in the Czech Republic and a Danish Superliga player of the month award in October, as well as attracting the attention of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

But it's the Welsh side who moved in first to clinch his signature.

For a small country, Denmark seems to constantly produce top class young talent.

Ajax's Viktor Fischer and Christian Eriksen - consistently linked with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund - as well as Nicklas Helenius and Jores Okore, who have both just signed for Aston Villa, are the latest in supremely gifted footballers.

The future's bright for Denmark - and Cardiff City's strike force, too.

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