Jerome Opoku enjoyed an encouraging debut for Vejle Boldklub yesterday afternoon as his new side drew 2-2 with Brøndby to pick up their first point of the season in the Danish Super League.
The 22 year-old, who joined Vejle on a season-long loan from Fulham on Friday, went straight into the starting line-up alongside Denis Kolinger at the heart of the home side’s defence. The Reds endured a dreadful start, going behind to Mikael Uhre’s third-minute opener, but bounced back impressively to lead through goals from Dimitris Emmanouilidis and eighteen year-old striker Walid Faghir. Brøndby denied Vejle their first win of the season when Christian Cappis capitalised on a goalkeeping error to equalise with nine minutes left, but Opoku had reason to be pleased with a composed display on his first outing in Denmark.
The tall defender, who has enjoyed successful loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle in recent seasons, could not be blamed for either goal and was dominant in the air as well as being impressive in his distribution. Opoku will get his next chance to impress when the Jutland-based side travel to Midtjylland on Friday night.
The former Danish under-21 international had become disillusioned at Craven Cottage after slipping down Slavisa Jokanovic’s midfield pecking order last season and spent the second half of the campaign on loan helping Burton Albion secure their Championship status. Christensen, who arrived in London as a youngster from FC Midtjylland in 2012, was attracted by the chance of returning home to Denmark and, having captained his national side at this summer’s European Under 21 championships, is expected to play a key part in Brondby’s domestic campaign.
A highly-rated member of the Fulham youth teams who had previously had a trial at Arsenal, Christensen starred as the Whites reached the 2014 FA Youth Cup final and was handed his first team debut during that same season in an FA Cup tie against Norwich City. He was promoted to the senior side by Kit Symons when the former Fulham defender took over from Felix Magath and enjoyed a stellar first season in senior football, scoring five goals in 25 league appearances.
He was the subject of serious transfer interest from Aston Villa but struggled to recapture that outstanding initial form after being hit by groin and hamstring injuries. Despite making 27 league appearances in 2015-2016 and scoring the winner against Premier League Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup last season shortly after extending his contract at Fulham, Christensen found his first-team opportunities limited once Jokanovic brought in additional midfield options and has now opted to move on from Craven Cottage. The Fulham academy graduate was a firm fans’ favourite and the Whites will look to more quickly to secure additional midfield cover following his departure.