This Saturday, Cardiff City will be playing in the top division of English football for the first time in over 50 years! Something I hadn’t ever dreamed of, as a youngster standing on the Bob Bank back at Ninian Park.
There is a great buzz amongst Cardiff fans right now, exciting new signings, stadium expansions, historic debt being cleared, it is clear that this club is destined for greater things. Can the club now take the biggest step yet & survive in their first season of premiership competition?
Malky Came Through for City
Despite some initial rejections, manager Malky Mackay has added some signings of real quality to the squad that won the Championship with relative ease last season & will be looking to add further to it before the transfer window shuts on September 2nd.
Mackay opened his transfer business, by bringing in Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, who has interested the likes of Everton & Stoke in the past. Nicknamed “The Tank”, the 6ft 4 striker scored 20 goals last season & is expected to lead the front line for the season. Personally, I think he will deliver & I feel he will also assist the likes of Frazier Campbell & Nicky Maynard to score more goals this season too.
The surprise of the summer at Cardiff, however, was the transfer of England international defender, Steven Caulker. The centre back, who cost a reported £9million, was eager to sign & was looking forward to regular football to try and force his way into the England Squad for the World Cup in 2014. This, along with the signing of John Brayford from Derby, have significantly strengthened our options at the back for the Premier League campaign.
Over the weekend, the club also confirmed the signing of Gary Medel, a Chilean midfielder with a big reputation. I admit to knowing little about the player, but having seen some of his play on YouTube, he looks every bit the combative midfield anchorman that Mackay was looking for. He also has a reputation for a fiery temper & sparks have already flown between him and new Swansea signing, Jose Canas. Will be interesting to watch them face each other again come November at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Personally, I feel that Cardiff City will be able to retain their premier league status at the end of the season. I can see City finishing in 16th place & going on from strength to strength from then on. It will be a very different sort of season for many different fans this season. Cardiff fans have spent the 12/13 years winning the majority of games and mainly challenging towards the top half of the table. This is unlikely to be the case this season, so the team need the fans to be supporting the boys every second throughout this season if they have any chance of beating the drop.
West Ham 2 – 2 Cardiff City