Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock would have had signing a striker as high on his list of priorities heading into the summer transfer window.
The Bluebirds were in desperate need of a striker to compete with Danny Ward in attack ahead of their return to the Championship following relegation from the Premier League last season.
This desire would have been reinforced when Kenneth Zohore signed for West Brom in mid-July to leave the Bluebirds short of attacking options with the season only a couple of weeks away.
However, the club’s striker situation was finally resolved later in the month when they completed the signing of Robert Glatzel from German side Heidenheim in a deal reportedly worth around £5.5million.
The 25-year-old arrived in the Welsh capital with a strong goalscoring record having netted 13 times in 26 league matches for his former side in Bundesliga Two last term, and it was widely expected that Glatzel would be capable of hitting the ground running for the Bluebirds.
In our latest FLW Rewind, we take a look back at the day Glatzel signed for Cardiff…
Goal machine 👌🏽
— Saad ALSuwaidan (@Addicted2Kora) July 31, 2019
Welcome to Cardiff Robert hope you settle in well look forward to watching you play for The Bluebirds good luck
— alan cousins (@alancous1968) August 2, 2019
Great signing. Well done CCFC.👋⚽️👋
— Jeff Freed (@JFreed1) July 31, 2019
— wren (@WrenShane) July 31, 2019
— Premier Bluebirds Group (@GroupBluebirds) July 31, 2019
Seen him play a few times looks a good prospect his all round games is good.
— matthew (@matthewblue1103) July 31, 2019
— UNiTY Morgs 🏴🏴 (@UNiTY_Morgs) July 31, 2019
There was clearly plenty of optimism when Cardiff announced the arrival of Glatzel in South Wales, but the forward has so far failed to score at the consistent rate expected of him despite showing glimpses of quality.
He has managed to score two goals in his nine appearances for the club so far, and he was recently overshadowed by fellow striker Ward who replaced him during Cardiff’s last outing against West Brom and scored two quick-fire goals.
However, it should also be considered that the Bluebirds have not exactly played to Glatzel’s strengths so far this term, and this is at least part of the reason why the club is yet to see the best of him.
It is clear he requires better service in order to play his best football as the tactic of playing long balls to him has not yet worked. Warnock should perhaps try deploying Glatzel alongside Ward in Cardiff’s attack in an attempt to create better chances.
A tactical switch such as this could then eventually lead to the club’s supporters finally seeing the Glatzel they were initially expecting when he completed his move to the Welsh side.