If you’re a Cardiff fan, this period is one of the best in the last couple of years. It’s not only that Cardiff City is holding a second place, but the squad looks really confident and ready to continue that form and get a straight promotion. Neil Warnock continued an excellent form from the last season and now Cardiff City can easily be considered as one of the best teams in Championship this season. But what can Cardiff City do to maintain their winning run and secure a straight promotion?
Injuries are the biggest threat for Cardiff?
Cardiff’s injury list is growing as they played last couple of games without a striker. Their fitness problem is effecting results and making these easy fixtures a lot harder. Kenneth Zohore and Danny Ward are both injured and Cardiff is having a hard time finding a back of the net. In their last away game against Reading, defender Joe Bennett and a substitute Lee Tomlin both managed to score lately in the game and make it 2-2. Lee Tomlin might be a solution, but it all looks like he can turn things around and affect a game better as a substitute since he looks a bit tired after a 60th minute. At a moment, Junior Hoilett seems to be a key player for Cardiff City. He is excellent forward, and he is working hard at a back when the team needs him to. Keeping him fit is something that Cardiff has to do in order to continue their unbeaten run.
Proven goal scorer and creative midfielder is what Cardiff City needs?
Since transfer window will be open soon, Cardiff City should try to make some signings to improve their performance. With Kenneth Zohore and Danny Ward being injured, Cardiff will need a striker in case that another similar injury crisis happens to them again. There is a rumor that they will try to sign a West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, but considering a fact that he is too expensive for Cardiff, maybe they should try to get any striker on loan in January. Although they need a proven goal scorer, spending a big money on striker in January doesn’t seem to be a best solution for Cardiff.
What Cardiff City really needs is a creative midfielder, a person that can play as a winger or playmaker and provide those accurate passes and long balls for Lee Tomlin and Junior Hoilett to score. Cardiff has been magnificent defensively so far, and that one creative midfielder can help them score more often, and not only secure that second place they are currently holding, but help them fight for a first place too.
Former Cardiff City striker Nathan Blake said for Wales Online that he doesn’t think any new signings are necessary.
“I’ve heard a few people saying that Vincent Tan needs to back Neil Warnock with big money in January, but I’m not sure that should be a priority”, Nathan Blake said.
“Warnock’s immense experience means business isn’t a necessity. If he doesn’t see anything worthwhile in the market, then let’s trust his expertise – hopefully the lack of spending won’t be because he’s restricted by the purse strings”, explained Blake.
However, most of the fans do not agree with Nathan Blake as they see January transfer window as a perfect solution for this injury crises.
Winning more away games can help them get a straight promotion?
It is more than certain that Cardiff City has been excellent at home this season. They haven’t lost a single game at home so far and they have eight wins and only three draws. They are not playing badly away from home too, but in order to secure a straight promotion, they need to be capable of even better. As always, their defence is magnificent, they concede mostly from corners but they are great in closing down opponents and keeping them from scoring. But it looks like Cardiff is having a problem in finding a back of the net as they don’t score as many as they do at home. Improving their away performance is another reason why they should look to bringing a creative midfielder in January. Having someone that can make those accurate long passes can help them rely on their defence and play better on a counter.
With Cardiff being on the second place in December, it is certain that they are one of the biggest candidates for a promotion. However, Neil Warnock likes to remind everyone that nothing is solved in December and everything can happen until the end of the season.
“Anybody is in the running. I remember years ago, Reading won the league from being fourth from bottom at Christmas. There are some big clubs, Middlesbrough are ticking on still in a good position but we all expected them to win the league. Anybody in the play-offs, or outside at this moment, can go up automatically. At this stage, anything can happen”, Neil Warnock said in the press conference on the race for promotion.