Neil Etheridge looks to be nearing the Cardiff City exit this month, but where should Neil Harris look to strengthen should the deal go through?
The Filipino shot-stopper has come under fire this season, and saw his starting spot go to Alex Smithies for the Welsh derby last Sunday.
But Harris claimed it was nothing to do with his abject form, but because of the transfer speculations surrounding him – West Ham have been linked with a £7 million move for the 29-year-old amid their goalkeeping crisis.
Cardiff look set to accept the bid should it come through, and they’ll be left with a nice bit of spending money should it happen – here’s two areas where Cardiff could spend that money:
If Cardiff lack anything this season, it’s an out-and-out goal-scorer. It’s baffling that in a team with so many forwards, the likes of Robert Glatzel, Lee Tomlin and Danny Ward, they find it hard to score as many goals as is needed, and Harris should first and foremost look to bring in a goal-scorer with the Etheridge millions.
Glatzel has been their main man of late. He’s a typical ‘Neil Warnock striker’ with the aerial threat and physical presence, but at times that’s been Cardiff’s downfall – they have very little pace going forward, and they’re in desperate need of a forward who’s not afraid to run in behind defences.
With the quality and pace of modern defences in football, playing with a striker like Glatzel will only get Cardiff so far. Warnock has left behind him a very slow and ageing team, and Cardiff desperately need a new spark to reignite Harris’ tenure.
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Creative central midfielder
Evident in the Welsh derby on Sunday, admittedly a very poor attacking display from both sides, Cardiff were lacking that decisive, cutting-edge player who can change the course of a game.
They lacked a player in the middle of the park who can change defence into attack and if they come into some money this month, Harris should look to spend it on a central player who can create going forward. It’s all well and easy blaming the strikers for their lack of goals but they can only feed on the service they’re being dealt.
Cardiff lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea, with Marlon Pack and Leandro Bacuna starting as the two – both are quality players for Cardiff and of Championship standard, but neither can play that killer ball that unlocks a defence, and both are pretty neutral in terms of attacking and defensive mindedness.