By Oluwamayomikun Orekoya with Agency reports
The Director of football for Danish-side FC Midtjylland has revealed that Frank Onyeka used to frustrate the team when he first joined the team in 2016.
The Brentford new boy, who made his Bees’ debut against Manchester United on Wednesday, picked up a telling nickname during his early time in Denmark.
After moving to the Danish club from the Nigerian academy side FC Ebedei, his team-mates started calling him “Free-kick Frank” — not in honour of his dead-ball ability but a reflection of his propensity to fly into challenges on the training ground.
Midtjylland’s players were frustrated with Onyeka’s overzealousness at first but then quickly realised this was indicative of a player who will do everything to help his team succeed.
The 23-year-old spent 18 months in Midtjylland’s academy before he made his first-team debut and, during that time, worked on improving his passing and first touch.
Svend Graversen, Midtjylland’s director of football, can recall those fiery early training sessions but reveals what impressed him the most was Onyeka’s mentality.
“He was a hard-hitter and had a lot of toughness,” Graversen tells The Athletic. “He was not the best technically and he had a lot to develop, but he had a great mindset to help the team shine and knew what he needed to give to the team.”
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