The enigmatic Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner has returned to English football with Championship club Nottingham Forest. The former Arsenal man, known more for his off the field antics aims to rid the ridicule and reputation that follows him with fresh start in England’s second tier.
Bendtner re-starts his career in England with a club who are currently 7th in the Championship with 3 wins in their opening 5 games, at the age of 28 and with a trail of misdemenors its a ‘new start’ for the the 6ft 4 striker.
,In his usual quirky way ‘The Lord’ announced on his Instagram page “I’m here because of my love for the sport – not the fast cash” he followed this with a memorable hashtag #thelordisdead The nickname ‘Lord’ has followed him around for many years, his presence on Social Media, his outspoken quotes and his lack of consistancy bore a charachter that he himself refers to.
Ironically it was a move to another Championship club in the Midlands back in 2006/07 that kick started his career. Arsene Wenger sent his Danish teenage protégé to Birmingham City, his 13 goals in 48 games played a big role in the Blues promotion to the Premier League, having returned to Arsenal the early promise was never fulfilled, 8 frustrating seasons later Bendtner left the English shores with little to show and a reputation hard to shift.
Many have already written off Nicklas Bendtner and a move to Nottingham Forest, still considered a ‘sleeping giant’ of English football may provide the right environment for him to show the footballing world his natural prowess that convinced Premier League champions Arsenal to sign him back in 2004. To make things that extra spicy Bendtner could possibly face his former club after Arsenal were drawn against Forest in the EFL Cup 3rd round.
With a new national manager at the helm for Denmark this could also provide an olive branch, Bendtner won the last of his 72 caps back in November 2015 in the Euro 16 play-off defeat to Sweden and with 29 goals to his name has always been able to find the net for his Scandinavian nation.
The City Ground is Nicklas Bendtner’s new playground, could another fallout ensue or will be the club that he finally shifts the ‘Lord’ tag, The world waits to see!
Posted 7th September 2016