Jess Thorup – One question pisses him off

No less than seven offensive players, including three pure strikers, signed with FC Copenhagen in the January transfer window.

Khouma Babacar, Nicolai Jørgensen and Mamoudou Karamoko are the three strikers that the capital club equipped with.

But they have only contributed three goals in 11 matches. And if you ask FC Copenhagen coach Jess Thorup directly about what looks like a problem for FCK, he also becomes sharp in his rhetoric.

You got three strikers this winter, but none of them have won the place yet. What is the reason for that?

– I do not know, I only think there have been two matches where none of them have played. Otherwise, they have played in shifts. This is how it should be in a club like FCK, where we have a wide squad and can change from match to match and during the matches. That was the goal of the transfer window.

Have they honestly done well enough?

– Yes.

Why should you spend 11 million kroner on Karamoko if he is not even good enough to be in the squad?

You have a lot of sharp questions, huh? It is strong enough that you can find out all the negative questions, he began the answer.

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Mamoudou Karamoko played in Austrian LASK before switching to FCK. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Ritzau Scanpix

Mamoudou Karamoko has only had a small 19 minutes and has not been in the squad at all in the last eight Superliga matches.

– For me, it’s not about the price. It’s about building something up both in the short and long term. Right now it’s about winning as many matches as possible, and I do not know if you know the statistics, but you could try to look at them a little, then it does not look so bad.

– If there’s one I feel has not had the chance, it’s Karamoko. This is how it is to get three top strikers in. Sometimes you have to prioritize.

While Babacar and Jørgensen have been given playing time from the start, according to Jess Thorup, there is a clear reason for the sparse minutes for Karamoko.

– I have talked to Karamoko about it being an investment in the future. I agree that everyone who comes in wants to play from day one, but historically you know that it often has to go a little further. I’m sure his time will probably come, he says, confirming that the other attackers are ahead of the Frenchman.

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In the same January window, where FCK picked up three strikers, Rasmus Højlund was sold to Austrian Sturm Graz, even though he did not want to switch away from FC Copenhagen.

While FCK has not been successful in getting the newly acquired offensive profiles going, 19-year-old Højlund has scored six goals and made a draft in ten games.

– There was an offer where both parties said that this should be the case. I just think it’s great, we can hatch such talents that can also commit in a league like the Austrian, says Jess Thorup.

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– Of course it would have been cool to see him do it in FCK, but that is the trade-off you have to make. It is never to say when the right time is. He lacked playing time in terms of breaking through and now he has found a place where he can unleash his potential.


FCK talent Rasmus Højlund was sold to Sturm Graz, even though he would rather stay. Photo: Lars Poulsen
FCK talent Rasmus Højlund was sold to Sturm Graz, even though he would rather stay. Photo: Lars Poulsen


Nicolai Jørgensen is also not entirely satisfied with the situation after half a year, which in his own words could have been better.

The key for the 31-year-old striker is, according to him, more playing time.

– If I can gain a trust, then I am sure that my constitution will only get better and better. Now Babacar got five or six games in a row, and I hope I can get that too, so I can get up and hit my level, he says and emphasizes that he still wants to stay in FCK.

– I’m sure it’s getting better the longer I’m here.

On Sunday, a derby is scheduled when Brøndby takes on FCK at 16:00. A match that can be followed live on


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