Glancing at his career goals tally, it’s not immediately apparent why Birmingham City thought it necessary to pay up to £1 million for a 6ft 3ins striker by the name of Nicolai Brock-Madsen, the BBC reported.
Though just 22 and in the formative years of his career, a tally of 16 goals in 90 appearances for Randers in the less-than-elite environment of the Danish top flight hardly suggested that he was likely to develop into a prolific striker at St Andrews.
Thus, one season and eight goalless appearances into a four-year deal, Brock-Madsen vanished, turning up at Eredivisie outfit PEC Zwolle on loan with an option to buy at the end of the campaign, the club’s official website reported.
Though injuries restricted his impact in England, the former Denmark youth international remains a blot on the CV of ex-Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett.
Ironically, however, with Rowett’s new club, Derby County, desperately in need of a reliable goalscorer, it could be argued that Brock-Madsen would represent a rather astute addition at the iPro.
After putting his injury issues behind him and finding form and confidence in Holland, the towering striker has netted seven times in his last twelve games, bullying Ajax’s defenders and inspiring a stand-out 3-1 win against Vitesse in a Man of the Match performance.
With Rowett preferring a lone-striker system, Brock-Madsen’s aerial presence and hold-up play may make him a decent fit at Derby and, if he was to bring his shooting boots over to England this time, he could prove that he has been harshly judged by a short-lived, injury-hit stay at Birmingham.
The concern, however, is that Eredivisie is hardly renowned for painting an accurate picture of a striker’s quality. Who did Brock-Madsen replace at Zwolle? Infamous Nottingham Forest flop Lars Veldwijk.
Just for context; the South African international netted none in 14 for Forest yet 14 in 36 in The Netherlands.