By Mark Collins 01 April 2016

The Spring so far

There is a lot to be excited about at FCN just now. The reunion with well respected former manager Kasper Hjulmand has brought with it a renewed sense of belief and optimism. Youth team players Andreas Skovgaard and 'Mini' Pedersen have added a much needed freshness to the starting eleven. Toby Mikkelsen is back in FCN colours. And the emergence of the impressive Emre Mor has taken the sting off losing a player of Bruninho's talent. More on Emre later.

However, all of that positivity doesn't come without its own frustrations. Impressive home wins against defending Superliga champions FC Midtjylland and champions in waiting Copenhagen have been sandwiched in between some frustrating results away from Farum Park:

  • The highly controversial late penalty that led to a crucial two points dropped against the ten men of Viborg (or maybe 11 if you include Tykgaard) despite playing well enough to merit the win.
  • Tobias Mikkelsen's deserved equaliser against OB being cancelled out by defensive frailties that worryingly continue to rear their head on occasion.
  • And then tonight, despite dominating an hour of the game, coming away empty handed against 3rd place OB.

The point being, that whilst 1 point from 9 on the road this Spring may not make for great reading, it is in no way reflective of the performances.

There is a clear sign of improvement under Hjulmand. There is a shape to the team and growing signs of organisation and discipline, most evident in the tremendous 2-0 win against FCK. We press teams high up the park and in numbers when we lose possession. And now, we have a player capable of that little bit of creative spark out of nothing in Emre Mor. It's clear to see why, like FCN Glasgow, scouts from Europe's top clubs will find themselves taking in a game at Farum Park this year. He is a special talent. He is, however, still very raw. Whilst he has all the ability to skip past players as if they weren't there, there is still a hint of inexperience that sees him perhaps hold on to the ball longer than he should. However, with more game time inevitable and under the guidance of Hjulmand, that maturity will come and that is a frightening prospect for the rest of the Superliga. I just hope he stays around long enough for us to see his development.

It's important that the encouraging start to the Spring continues in the next few weeks. With home games vs Hobro and Esbjerg next up, 6 points has to be the objective. And the difference between this FCN side and the one of a mere four months ago, is that I expect them to do just that.

Vi er FC Nordsjælland.