It’s a topic that has been knocked from court-to-court for months now and one that has divided Blues fans down the middle.
Nicolai Brock-Madsen joined the club this summer from Randers FC, and has struggled for game time following the strong performances of Clayton Donaldson.
It was only until the Don got injured that Brock-Madsen was given his chance, and lets be honest- he didn’t set the world on fire. That’s not a dig and I know he hasn’t had a huge amount of game time, but it’s widely true. In his first start against Charlton, apart from a meek penalty claim, the Dane didn’t lead the line fantastically and showed that he needs a lot more time to settle and develop.
And with that being the common theme, should the Dane head out on loan and get some first-team experience?
I think yes. Young Alex Jones has gone out on-loan once this season to Grimsby Town and looks like a better player already. He today jetted out to New Zealand to continue his development with Wellington Pheonix- another move that looks useful for his future.
It leads me to question why Brock-Madsen hasn’t done the same. It’s either because Gary Rowett sees the Dane as a future first team player sooner rather than later, or because he wants to settle him into life in England at his own club.
19 goals in 109 games for Randers doesn’t jump of the page either, but still, Gary Rowett has made a call because he sees something in him. I still think he needs another chance in the first team, but the signings of Will Buckley, James Vaughan, and Ryan Shotton have pushed the striker further down the pecking order, even for a place on the bench.
I really do think game time is what will make Brock-Madsen improve.
It’s quite clear that he won’t get that time at the Blues right now. We are on the up and pushing for promotion and throwing Brock-Madsen into the mix right now isn’t the answer for his development.
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