Helenius playing for AaB in 2011
|Full name||Nicklas Helenius Jensen|
|Date of birth||8 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Svenstrup, Denmark|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|AaB (on loan from Aston Villa)|
|2014–||→ AaB (loan)||17||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Helenius joined the Aalborg BK youth squad at the age of 13 and received his first contract while in the U19 squad. In the 2009/2010 season, he became the top goalscorer of the Aalborg BK under-19 squad in the Danish under-19 league with 22 goals. This was enough for him to finish second on the overall goal scorer list, only beaten by Brent McGrath who scored 29 goals for Brøndby IF.
After the great 2009/2010 season, he made his professional football debut for Aalborg BK on 16 May 2010 against HB Køge. Helenius scored his first goal for Aalborg BK in the Danish Superliga on 10 September 2010 against AC Horsens and got his first breakthrough in the AaB lineup after scoring a total of four goals in four consecutive league games and one goal in the Danish Cup in October and November 2010.
A popular chant amongst the AaB supporters was "vi elsker vold og kokain – og Nicklas Helenius", directly translated to "we love violence and cocaine – and Nicklas Helenius", as a sarcastic reference to the hooligan culture. The chant was based on the tune Eviva Espana.
On 18 June 2013, Helenius signed for Aston Villa on a three year deal believed to be in the region of £1.2m. He scored a header on his debut in Villa's first pre-season game of the season, against German team SV Rödinghausen. He followed this up with another headed goal against VfL Bochum on his second appearance for the club. He made his Premier League debut on 24 August 2013 at Villa Park against Liverpool which ended in a 1–0 defeat. Helenius scored his first goal for the club on 4 January 2014 against Sheffield United in an FA Cup third round tie at Villa Park.
Helenius got his first international call up in January 2010 for the Danish under-19, but had to leave it due to an ankle sprain. One year later, he was called up to the Denmark U21 squad for a training camp in Dubai. He got his under-21 debut on 20 January 2011 in a training match against China. Helenius' goals at U-21 Level include the opening goal of the 3–0 victory over Northern Ireland in September 2011.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Aalborg BK||2009–10||Danish Superliga||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Aston Villa||2013–14||Premier League||3||0||1||1||2||0||0||0||6||1|
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- "Aston Villa 1-2 Sheff Utd". BBC. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- Helenius: AaB er førsteprioriteten
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