This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Cardiff City are interested in signing Aston Villa right-back Frederic Guilbert on loan for the rest of the season, according to Football Insider.
The Bluebirds are one of a trio of clubs reportedly interested in the 26-year-old, with league rivals Bristol City and Middlesbrough also tracking the Frenchman.
The right-back spot is an area that Neil Harris has been trying to address, with Leandro Bacuna filling in for the injured Jordi Osei-Tutu since October.
His attempts to capture Crewe captain Perry Ng have so far been unsuccessful, and it looks like new targets are being looked at, with Guilbert being the latest on the radar.
Let’s see what the FLW staff think of a potential Guilbert move to South Wales…
Depth is really important right now to clubs in the EFL and, if you can get quality depth, it’s an added bonus.
In terms of Guilbert, he’s fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park due to Matty Cash’s outstanding arrival at the club.
However, it is easy to forget he got some decent game time under his belt last season in the Premier League.
That, for me, suggests he’d be a good signing for Neil Harris and the Bluebirds.
An extra body through the door, with undoubted quality and Premier League experience?
It becomes a little bit of a no-brainer.
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It would certainly make a great deal of sense.
Cardiff could definitely do with bringing in another right-back. I don’t like Leandro Bacuna there, and he looked very poor against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Guilbert is a natural full-back who has been unlucky not to feature too regularly under Dean Smith at Villa.
He looks a threat going forward, and defensively, he looks sound, so he would be a good all-round option to have.
Mentally, too, he’ll be desperate to get away from Villa and get some games under his belt, as he has found that hard to come by during his time at Villa Park.
It would be a move that suits all parties.
I really like the sound of this potential deal.
With Leandro Bacuna, who is predominantly a centre-midfielder, currently covering in at right-back, Cardiff are clearly desperately in need of an addition in that area, and I think Guilbert would be great business.
The Frenchman performed well for Aston Villa in the Premier League last term, and has plenty of experience of playing in one of Europe’s top leagues in France, so it’s not difficult to see why Neil Harris would be interested in pursuing a deal for him.