Nicklas Helenius

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Nicklas Helenius
Nicklas Helenius 20110831.jpg
Helenius playing for AaB in 2011
Personal information
Full name Nicklas Helenius Jensen[1]
Date of birth (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Svenstrup, Denmark
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
OB
Number 25
Youth career
Svenstrup-Godthåb IF
2005–2010 AaB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 AaB 95 (34)
2013–2015 Aston Villa 3 (0)
2014–2015 AaB (loan) 32 (8)
2015–2017 AaB 13 (0)
2016 SC Paderborn (loan) 14 (4)
2016–2017 Silkeborg IF (loan) 29 (10)
2017– OB 0 (0)
National team
2011 Denmark U20 2 (1)
2011–2013 Denmark U21 11 (4)
2012– Denmark 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:09, 19 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:11, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

Nicklas Helenius Jensen (born 8 May 1991) is a Danish footballer who plays as a striker for the Danish club OB.

Helenius will join OB on a 3-year contract on 1 July 2017.[2]

Club career[edit]

Aalborg BK[edit]

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.[3]

After the 2009-10 season, he made his professional football debut for Aalborg BK on 16 May 2010 against HB Køge.[4] 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.

Following the 2012–13 season, he was selected as player of the season in the Danish Superliga on the UEFA website.[5]

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.[6]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 18 June 2013, Helenius signed for Aston Villa on a three-year deal believed to be in the region of £1.2m.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

After only 3 league games for Aston Villa in the first half season, Helenius was expected to leave the club. Helenius failed to become a regular part of the squad and wouldn't waste his time on the bench. However, he stayed in the club for the season out, and did only play one game in 2014 for Aston Villa in a FA Cup game against Sheffield United where he also scored a goal. Helenius' agent revealed in May 2014, that Helenius wasn't a part of Aston Villa's future plans and therefore had to leave the club.[10] Helenius had many clubs interested, like IFK Göteborg and AaB. Aston Villa also rejected a bid from IFK Göteborg.[11]

Loan to AaB[edit]

On 9 July 2014, Helenius returned to his previous club AaB on a season long loan deal.[12] He was very happy to be back and expected a turbulent season with a two-digit number of goals. He had a good season with 14 goals in 43 games and he was set to make the transfer permanent, as Aston Villa didn't want to keep him.[13]

Return to AaB[edit]

Helenius joined AaB on a permanent transfer in July 2015.[14] But in this season, opposite the last season, Helenius was the fourth choice and didn't get much time on the pitch. A situation, that Helenius wasn't happy with, and he announced, that he would like to go out on loan.

Loan to SC Paderborn 07[edit]

On February 1, 2016, it was confirmed, that Helenius will play for SC Paderborn on loan from AaB.[15] He played his first game for Paderborn on 5 February 2016 in a 1-0 loss against SV Sandhausen. Helenius got some playing time, and scored 4 league goals in 14 games.

Back to AaB[edit]

Helenius played the first three season games for AaB, one from start and to from the bench. However, he was sent out on loan once again. His contract would expire in the summer 2017 and Helenius announced, that he wouldn't be extending it.[16] So he would be leaving the club after he was back from loan.

Loan to Silkeborg IF[edit]

On 10 August 2016 it was confirmed, that Helenius was loaned out to Silkeborg IF for the whole season.[17] He played 29 league games and scored 10 goals in this season.

OB[edit]

Already on 30 January 2017 it was confirmed, that OB had signed Helenius from AaB, but first valid from when his contract expired with AaB in the summer of 2017.[18]

International career[edit]

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.[19] 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.[20]

On 15 August 2012 he made his debut for the Denmark national football team against Slovakia.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 June 2017[21]
Club Season League Danish Cup/FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aalborg BK 2009–10 Danish Superliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 Danish Superliga 29 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 31 6
2011–12 Danish Superliga 32 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 33 15
2012–13 Danish Superliga 33 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 35 18
2014–15 Danish Superliga 32 8 3 2 0 0 12 2 47 12
2015–16 Danish Superliga 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2016–17 Danish Superliga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Silkeborg IF 2016–17 Danish Superliga 29 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 28 11
Total 165 52 13 8 0 0 12 2 190 62
Aston Villa 2013–14 Premier League 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 1
Total 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 1
SC Paderborn 07 2015–16 2. Bundesliga 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4
Total 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4
Career total 182 56 14 9 2 0 12 2 210 67

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Helenius skriver tre år med OB‚ bold.dk, 30 January 2017
  3. ^ U-19 Drenge Ligaen (2010) - Topscorerliste Dansk Boldspil-Union
  4. ^ Helmin, Jesper. "AaB stiller med unge knægte" (in Danish). www.bold.dk. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Bruun, Peter. "Season review: Denmark". UEFA. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Ernst, Anders Junge (1 August 2013). "Villa-fansene er vilde med Helenius og AaB-sang". Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Helenius relishing "big opportunity" after sealing Villa move". Aston Villa FC. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "VfL Bochum 1–1 Villa report: Helenius on target again". avfc.co.uk. Aston Villa Football Club. 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Aston Villa 1-2 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Agent: Villa dropper Helenius, bold.dk, 19 May 2014
  11. ^ IFK fik Helenius-bud afvist af Villa, bold.dk, 3 July 2014
  12. ^ Officielt: Helenius til AaB‚ bold.dk, 9 July 2014
  13. ^ Agent: Villa vil af med Helenius, bold.dk, 2 May 2015
  14. ^ Helenius makes temporary Aalborg return Goal.com, 9 July 2014
  15. ^ "Nicklas Helenius kommt von Aalborg BK" [Nicklas Helenius comes from Aalborg BK] (in German). SC Paderborn 07. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Helenius afskriver AaB-comeback, bold.dk, 8 November 2016
  17. ^ Officielt: Silkeborg lejer Helenius, bold.dk, 10 August 2016
  18. ^ Helenius skriver tre år med OB, bold.dk, 30 January 2017
  19. ^ Helenius: AaB er førsteprioriteten
  20. ^ Smyth, Steve. Double the pain Danes, The Sun, 7 September 2011
  21. ^ "Nicklas Helenius". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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