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Cardiff City manager Neil Harris is reportedly lining up a reunion with Stoke City striker Lee Gregory, with the Bluebirds understood to be in the market for a forward this month after they released Gary Madine from his contract, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The Bluebirds boss is interested in bringing in 31-year-old Gregory, who enjoyed the best part of his career under Harris at Millwall as they look to add more firepower to their squad this month.
So would Gregory be a good signing for Cardiff and is he actually needed?
“I don’t think he’s what they need at all and it’s pretty lazy from Neil Harris.
“That’s not to say the Bluebirds don’t require a striker – they obviously do. However, they need someone who is clinical and can score the goals to get them into the top six and Gregory isn’t that man.
“He is hardworking, decent with his back to goal and is a team player but he’s not prolific. Harris obviously knows him from his time at Millwall but he should be aiming for better than someone who can’t always get in a struggling Stoke City side.
“Cardiff should have bigger ambitions than that and they should be able to attract higher quality. It’s a real problem area for the team but I don’t think that Gregory solves that issue.”
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“I’m slightly torn on this one to be honest.
“Cardiff have been lacking a really prolific goalscorer so far this season, so you can understand why they may want to head into the market for another attacker in this window, in order to help give their play-off hopes a lift in momentum.
“However Gregory hasn’t exactly been freescoring for Stoke this season, netting only four goals for the Potters, which makes you wonder whether he is someone who would be capable of making that sort of impact Cardiff will be looking for with any striker they add to their ranks.
“Admittedly, that return from Gregory probably hasn’t been helped by Stoke’s all-round struggles this season, and his work rate and physicality means he could still make a contribution in other ways for Cardiff, should he make the move to Wales this month.”
“I think Gregory could be a great signing for Cardiff and there’s a good chance that he might want to leave Stoke this month too, as he’s currently facing competition from Sam Vokes and Tyrese Campbell.
“Gregory is a great striker and he’s got plenty of experience in the Championship. He may have struggled to make an impact at Stoke, but he’s proven in the past that he knows exactly what it takes to score goals at this level.
“Cardiff could do with a bit more strength in the centre-forward position and he’d able to provide some competition for the likes of Robert Glatzel.
“Neil Harris obviously knows him well from their time together at Millwall and should be able to get the best out of him and help him make an impact. I personally think this would be a very smart move if Cardiff can get this deal done.”