Introducing... Andreas Cornelius
Recently promoted Cardiff are looking to stay in the Premier League this season and have wasted little time in spending some of their well-earned Premier League money on some additional firepower. However, their £7.5 million was not spent on a proven Premier League striker but rather a relatively unknown 20 year old Dane who has only had one full season in the Danish Superliga. That striker is none other than Andreas Cornelius.
The first thing that will strike anyone about Cornelius is his sheer size. At 6 feet 4 inches tall, he certainly will stand out in penalty boxes wherever he goes and can definitely deliver when the ball is sent towards his towering frame. He really is an aerial presence and his physicality will allow him a greater chance of settling and adapting to the rough and tumble English game. He is also very adept at holding the ball up and can relieve any pressure on his defence for a short time which will be a crucial element for Cardiff in the upcoming trips to places such as Anfield, Old Trafford etc. Also, despite his size, he is deceptively quick and has the ability to spin a defender and race through on goal or be an outlet for a long ball in behind for Cardiff.
Cardiff have not just bought a battering ram for next season though. Cornelius is immensely technically skilled with the football. The reason for this is due to a late growth spurt in his younger years where he had to rely on his technical ability until he suddenly became the towering figure he is today. Cornelius has shown incredible close control and dribbling ability as well as being a lovely striker of the ball (he has been known to take the occasional free kick). His finishing ability is great as well as evidenced by 18 goals in just 34 league appearances for FC Copenhagen last season (which was also his first full season at senior level). Cardiff have not only got a physical presence but someone who knows where the goal is and can play football as well.
Cornelius joining Cardiff is a real coup for the Welsh side as there was reported interest in the striker from massive sides like Arsenal and he is also a full Denmark international. He has a skill set similar to Christian Benteke and no doubt has the ability to make an impact for Cardiff just like Benteke did for Aston Villa. Cornelius has also drawn comparisons to Nicolas Bendtner in his homeland.
Overall, Cornelius is a player to look out for next season as he tries to keep Cardiff in the Premier League. Malky Mackay has made an excellent move by bringing a player who can not only hold up the ball but can also score and get in behind the opposition defence. The only real unknown in this situation is the fee. £7.5 million could prove to be a steal come next May or it could prove to be extremely costly.