Nicklas Bendtner’s boss at Rosenborg Kare Ingebrigtsen has amazingly said Nottingham Forest were one of “many bad clubs” the Dane struggled at before rediscovering his form in Norway.
The 29-year-old former Reds striker looks set to win the Norwegian title with Rosenborg and finish the season as the top flight’s leading scorer, having left the City Ground to join them in March.
He has fired them to top of the table with 17 goals in 26 league games – and they are eight points clear with three matches left to play.
It’s in stark contrast to his scoring record for Forest as he netted just twice in 15 Championship matches, after joining the Reds in September last year.
He had also struggled at Wolfsburg before that, scoring just three times in 31 matches in the Bundesliga.
But Ingebrigtsen insists he never doubted Bendtner would be a success in Norway, and seems to suggest his record at Forest was poor because the team was struggling in the Championship.
“He has been in many bad clubs,” he told NRK in Norway, in an interview translated into English.
“To score goals in Nottingham… they fight well to save the spot.
“He scored two goals there and they still talk about the goals that saved them that year.
“So to get to a club like Rosenborg, which scores 50, 60, 70 goals a year… if we got him here, we were pretty sure he would be a good gentleman for Rosenborg.”
Bendtner admits he felt like quitting football before joining Rosenborg.
“Before I came here I did not want to play football anymore. I had trouble figuring out what had gone wrong,” he said.