Nicklas Helenius leaves Aston Villa
Helenius in action for Aston Villa

Nicklas Helenius leaves Aston Villa

Nicklas Helenius has today left Aston Villa after a nightmare two year spell at the club.

OliverEmmerson
Oliver Emmerson

Nicklas Helenius has officially been signed by AaB Aalborg, bringing his two year spell at Aston Villa to an unsurprising end.

Disappointing time at Villa

The striker was brought to the Midlands in the summer of 2013 by former manager Paul Lambert, from Aalborg. He was bought for £1.2 million, after impressing with 16 goals in 33 league games in Denmark, which saw him named as the Superliga player of the year.

Making his debut in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in August of that year, he failed to make an impact throughout the season, and made just 6 appearances. Helenius' sole goal for Villa came against Sheffield United, in an FA Cup third round tie.

His poor season led to a loan back to Aalborg last year, and he managed a better return of 10 goals in 38 games. This was enough to persuade the Danish club to resign Helenius, and it is believed that he has moved for a sum in the region of £500,000.

Now seeking to get his career back on track in his home country, the forward will be hoping to add to his two caps for the Denmark national team.

Not the first nor last to leave

Helenius isn't the first striker to leave Aston Villa this summer, after fellow frontman Darren Bent was released by the club last month.

Bent left at the end of his contract as manager Tim Sherwood looks to free up funds in his first transfer window as Villa boss.

It's possible that yet another striker could leave Villa Park in the window, with rumours over Christian Benteke's future refusing to die down. Liverpool remain linked with the striker, who Sherwood is prepared to break the wage budget for, in order to make him sign a new contract.

Any funds brought in by these sales is set to be re-invested in players, with Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye on the verge of completing a move to Villa, who have also been linked with Anderlecht's Dennis Praet.

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