Newly promoted Cardiff City announced their first signing of the summer transfer window on Thursday, with the capture of highly rated Danish international striker Andreas Cornelius from Copenhagen.
The 20-year-old will arrive in Wales on a back of a storming first full season in Denmark. He scored 18 goals in 32 games to finish top scorer in the Superliga and helped his team to the title. B/R's Matt Cheetham featured him in a look at the best young Danish talent in April.
Cardiff's official release describes Cornelius as "a left-footed powerful striker," and as you'll see from the following clip, the 6'4" front man is certainly quick, direct and adept at out-muscling defenders with his considerable frame.
We only have one full season in Denmark to go on, but the evidence suggests Cornelius is an old-fashioned No. 9 who can score goals with both feet and has a commanding presence in the air.
Having graduated from the youth ranks, Cornelius made his full international debut for Denmark last October in a World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic. He scored a hat-trick in a friendly against Canada in January, another against Mexico and an important goal away against the Czechs in March.
Here's Copenhagen coach Ariel Jacobs talking about how Cornelius talent comes with a searing focus to succeed, in an April interview with FIFA.com:
He (Cornelius) never ceases to amaze me with what he can do, with his ability to get on the scoresheet so regularly. He always makes sure he’s in the right physical and mental shape to succeed in every match.
Cornelius has been dubbed, "the new Nicklas Bendtner," (not the most inspiring of comparisons) by Metro and others, and unsurprisingly he found himself the subject of growing speculation on account of his goalscoring feats for club and country.
The hype appears justified, but the man himself seems unaffected by it and blinkered in his pursuit of continuing his development as a player.
“I’m just myself and I’d rather not be compared to anyone," he told FIFA.com in April. "I’m focusing on my club for the time being and I’m not thinking about my future. We’ll just have to see what tomorrow brings.”
Tomorrow has brought a move to Cardiff, who won promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship last season under Malky Mackay, and the Bluebirds will be looking to hone Cornelius' raw talent alongside the likes of experienced head Craig Bellamy next season.
According to Copenhagen's official website, Cornelius will cost Cardiff around £7.5 million (65 million Danish Krone).
Conscious of their need to step it up, Cardiff are making moves. Is Cornelius a good signing for the Bluebirds? Have your say in the comments section below.
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