Battering Ram Cornelius Is Tipped to Be a Big Premier Success Story; Niels Schack Norgaard, Sports Writer for Daily Newspapers BT and Berlingske in Denmark, Followed Centre-Forward Andreas Cornelius, Cardiff City's PS8m Signing, through His Breakthrough Season with FC Copenhagen

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Battering Ram Cornelius Is Tipped to Be a Big Premier Success Story; Niels Schack Norgaard, Sports Writer for Daily Newspapers BT and Berlingske in Denmark, Followed Centre-Forward Andreas Cornelius, Cardiff City's PS8m Signing, through His Breakthrough Season with FC Copenhagen


FEW players have made such an immediate impact in Danish football as Andreas Cornelius - the first of Malky Mackay's three club record signings - who is fit and ready to make his Bluebirds debut in their first Premier League home match on Sunday.

Title-chasing Manchester City come to Cardiff City Stadium intent on maintaining their blistering start, while Mackay will ponder whether raw centre-forward Cornelius and experienced hitman Fraizer Campbell can link up and cause problems for Manuel Pellegrini's men.

Cornelius is in full training having recovered from an ankle injury and Mackay has confirmed he is in the squad for Sunday's 27,000-plus sell-out match.

While the Bluebirds faithful wait to welcome the young Dane to Cardiff City Stadium, there is a deep frustration at FC Copenhagen that the talented young striker has not been replaced.

Niels Schack Norgaard, a football writer with Danish daily newspapers BT and Berlingske, followed Cornelius during his breakthrough 2012-13 season when he scored 20 goals in 43 matches for club and country.

Cornelius was 19 when he made his Danish Super League debut and Norgaard describes him as a "teenage battering ram".

He also says: "Cornelius excelled with the ball at his feet, showing great technique and a rocket of a left foot.

"Few players manage to leave such extraordinary footprints on a football club in such a short space of time.

"The name of Cornelius, almost two months after his departure, is shouted vehemently in frustration with the club's failure to properly replace him.

"It is safe to say that he has left a lasting impression with the Copenhagen faithful.

"Cornelius stepped onto the scene with great panache. He had been lurking around in the youth and reserve sides for quite some time when FC Copenhagen had found themselves in turmoil and the sudden emergence of Cornelius was the football equivalent of a Get Out of Jail Free Card for the biggest sporting institution in Scandinavia."

Cornelius has shown a glimpse of his goal-scoring power for Cardiff, thundering a header into the net during from a pin-point Kevin McNaughton cross in a pre-season match at Forest Green Rovers.

He has since been ruled out after rolling an ankle in training, but Cardiff's PS8m record signing is now ready for action.

That fee was surpassed by Steven Caulker's arrival from Spurs, at PS8.5m, and by Gary Medel's PS9m move from Seville.

Both Caulker and Medel made their debuts at West Ham and this Sunday it could be time for Cornelius to make his bow.

He certainly showed the knack of perfect timing when he broke through with Copenhagen last season.

They had dominated the Danish Superliga in the new millennium, winning eight championships in just over a decade, but found themselves in an awkward position during the summer of 2012.

They had just thrown away a big lead to rivals FC Nordsjaelland, lost the title and missed out on the first-ever direct qualification to the group stages of the Champions League.

Ariel Jacobs, a seasoned Belgian manager from Anderlecht, installed the same summer as head coach, inherited a side low on morale from the season before.

Top scorer and arguably most dominant striker in Superliga history, Senegalese striker Dame N'Doye, demanded a move Jacobs entered the season with uncertainty surrounding the most prolific player at the club.

"I was covering the first game of the season and remember it vividly," says Norgaard. "Copenhagen played Midtjylland at home in front of a sceptical 11,000 crowd and quickly went 1-0 down.

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