It’s been a busy summer for Frederik Nielsen.
The 19-year-old centre-back departed Nottingham Forest under a cloud when his contract expired in the summer, spent time with Barnsley and embarked upon a six-week trial period at Leicester City before eventually earning a professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday towards the end of last month.
Though only time will tell whether Nielsen’s decision to give up on his chances at Forest was a good one. The teenager, a Danish youth international, was understood to be frustrated at his lack of opportunities at the City Ground, according to the Nottingham Post.
By the time he left the club, he had not made a single senior appearance.
Though Forest fans will be quick to point out that their club boasts one of the most prolific production lines in English football. Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow, Oliver Burke, Ben Osborn and Ben Brereton are just some of the headline acts to emerge from the esteemed Forest academy in recent years.
A little patience, then, could have paid off for Nielsen – especially with Mark Warburton struggling to rectify the club’s time-honoured defensive instability with the players currently at his disposal.
Nielsen, then, is betting a lot on Sheffield Wednesday thrusting him straight into the action at senior level.
While The Owls’ academy has one or two success stories, it is nothing compared to Forest. And while young players tend to get their chance at the City Ground, the lack of game time given to Wednesday prodigy George Hirst, who has been linked with countless Premier League clubs, proves the same cannot necessarily be said about Hillsborough.
Has Nielsen made the right call?