WHOOPS! - Discarded £8m Cardiff signing scores hat-trick on homecoming

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Andreas Cornelius was signed by Cardiff City for £8m from FC Copenhagen in the summer - and sold back for £3m in the winter.

Cardiff City have not exactly had a smooth ride since beginning their first ever assault on the Premier League.

Times on the pitch have been predictably tough - off of it, well they have been soap opera-esque.

Club owner Vincent Tan has been ruling with an iron fist this season - with the ruthless and uncalled for sacking of Malky Mackay shocking most football fans across the country.

One of the reasons given for the decision to send him on his way was his overspend in the transfer market.

They spent big on the likes of Steven Caulker and Gary Medel - but both have proved to be success.

However, you can understand why Tan is not so impressed with the other big money arrival.

Cardiff beat off plenty of opposition to snap up Danish striker Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen in the summer. That level of competition was reflected in his price-tag - a cool £8 million.

However he struggled with injury and the arrival of Kenwyne Jones has seen him out of favour even more.

So, remarkably, Cardiff sold him back to Copenhagen for a reported fee of just £3 million - representing a massive loss on a 20-year-old player with a definite future in the game.

Recently he made headlines for these comments about Tan:

“It just shows that he does not understand football, you can't compare footballers with cars. You don't know what you get in the same way as when you buy a car. There are many other factors that come into play, so you can't just compare it that way. I've never met him, so it must be for his own good.”

And based on the evidence of his first game back in Copenhagen colours - Cardiff might regret letting him go.

Cornelius made his second debut for the club in a friendly against Czech outfit Slovan Liberec last night - and was sensational throughout.

He bagged a hat-trick, including a sumptuous third, in the game - as he said thanks for having me back to his beloved former fans.

One word springs to mind for the Cardiff hierarchy is this is a show of things to come … woops!

 

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