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FC Nordsjaelland: Top 3 talents in ‘Europe’s most African club’

Simon Adingra
Credit: The Athletic

The Danish side have been home to a host of African youngsters in recent years.

Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy took over FC Nordsjaelland in January 2016. Since then, the Danish club have turned into a new model for developing African talents who are eager to kick-start their European careers.  

The club’s direct ties with the Right to Dream academy help them introduce new African talents efficiently. But, they have also integrated a host of Danish youngsters into their ranks in recent seasons.

The club have managed to sell a number of their talents to top-level clubs in recent seasons. The likes of Mohammed Kudus, Kamaldeen Sulemana, and Mikkel Damsgaard have left Nordsjaelland to continue their development elsewhere, with the club has earning considerable fees for their transfers.

The financial success has resulted in more investment in the club’s academy and more opportunities for both Danish and African talents.

Let’s take a look at FC Nordsjaelland’s top 4 talents in 2022!

3- Mohamed Diomande

Having started his career in the Right to Dream academy, Diomande secured a move to FC Nordsjaelland in 2020.

The Ivorian midfielder immediately established himself as a first-team player, making 15 league appearances in his debut season as a senior player.

 Nordsjaelland manager Flemming Pedersen praised Diomande for ‘covering a large area of the pitch’, saying he is a ‘good dribbler with great physicality’.

During the 2021-22 campaign, the 20-year-old has made 28 appearances for the Danish side, increasing his Transfermarkt valuation to €1.3m. 

2- Simon Adingra

Adingra is another Ivorian starlet who came through the academy ranks of Right to Dream. He joined Nordsjaelland in 2020, scoring in his senior debut on 18 April 2021.

The 20-year-old winger then spent an incredible 2021-22 campaign. He scored nine goals and provided four assists in his 31 league appearances for the Danish side.

Adingra’s performances attracted interest from several Premier League clubs. He eventually reached an agreement with Brighton, where he will start his Premier League career next season.

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1- Andreas Schjelderup

Schjelderup started his career at the Bodø/Glimt academy before moving to Nordsjaelland in July 2020.

Following a spell in the club’s U19 side, the Norwegian midfielder finally made his senior debut in February 2021. He then became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer by finding the back of the net in a 3-0 win over local rivals Lyngby.

Schjelderup has featured in 22 league games for Nordsjaelland in their 2021-22 campaign. His performances have convinced the club’s manager that he ‘will be a top player in one of the five big European leagues’.