A brace in Denmark's 3-1 win over Serbia has Nicklas Bendtner's international teammates singing his praises.
Nicklas Bendtner’s Denmark teammates have moved to hail the polarising striker after his brace helped seal a 3-1 victory over Group I rivals Serbia in Friday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
The 26-year-old has endured a torrid past 18 months on the pitch but his luck finally appears to be turning, with the two goals taking his recent record to four in three games.
After also netting twice against Krasnodar in the Europa League for Wolfsburg, Bendtner’s latest success means he now has more goals in the past two weeks than he managed all last season with Arsenal, where he believes that his time was being wasted.
“It was a terrible situation. My last year at Arsenal was a waste of time,” he told Tipsbladet.
“It was worthless that Arsenal did not allow me to leave.
“A club like Arsenal could easily have found someone else to play my role. They would have had no trouble finding a player who could do what they wanted me to do.”
With his stint in north London now behind him, however, several of his international colleagues have noticed a more mature and engaged Bendtner, although it seems he has not quite been able to shed the infamous ‘Lord Bendtner’ nickname.
“In the bar after the victory over Serbia it may well be that he was called Lord Bendtner one time or two,” William Kvist told Danish paper BT.
“Lord's something about English gentleman and clothing style, and I must just say that it is clear that Nicklas has lived many years in England. He wears some clothes I've never seen before.
“But I think that the best thing that has happened to Nick is that he has come to Germany,” he continued. “It seems as though, he trains more than he did before. It has been good for him, and although he still has not played as much as he would like, he has worked in really good shape.
“He is our best striker, and has been for many years, so of course two goals in an important game against Serbia well for both him and the whole team.”
Centre-back Simon Kjaer added: “There is always a lot of buzz around him with the media, but you do not notice it get to him.
“He contributes a lot of positive, I think. The main way he also shuts down critics is by scoring goals.
“But there can only be one Lord, and it is Bendtner. You just have to look at him to see that.”
Bendtner struggled to find a new club over the summer after his Arsenal contract expired, until being given a chance at Wolfsburg in August after the Bundesliga outfit failed in their respective pursuits of Alvaro Morata, Mario Mandzukic and Romelu Lukaku.
The former Gunners misfit has failed to score in seven league games so far, but his recent form might just prove the start of a miraculous turnaround.