Cardiff have struggled so far this season and boss Mick McCarthy remains under pressure at the club after this shaky start to the campaign.
There will therefore be plenty of areas that Bluebirds fans feel should be addressed when the winter transfer window eventually rolls round, as they look to try and strengthen their squad and get some better results on the board.
The January window may be a while away but it’s worth taking a look at some of the potential scenarios that could play out for the club in terms of fresh arrivals (and also some potential departures perhaps if the club is looking at a potential relegation rather than a play-off push).
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Kieffer Moore to leave Cardiff?
The first would be a huge blow to Cardiff and it comes in regard to regular striker Kieffer Moore. The forward has become a fan favourite at the Championship side and has proven to be a regular goalscorer at second tier level.
Therefore, it perhaps isn’t surprising that there may be teams willing to part with a significant fee to sign the Welshman.
One side who did have a previous interest in Moore is Wolves. Towards the back end of the summer window, they decided they would quite like to try and sign the striker and considered a move on deadline day according to the Express and Star.
There’s every chance then that they could reignite some interest in the player come January, as they’ll want to add more goals to their side to push their way back into the top ten in the Premier League.
If Moore keeps up his good form though, it’s highly likely that other teams might fancy signing him too. A side like Norwich for example who will be determined to stay in the top tier may turn to someone like Moore to fire them to safety.
Either way, it would be more surprising if there wasn’t any interest in the forward come January rather than if there was.
Could they add a winger?
Although they sometimes haven’t played with wingers under Mick McCarthy, they are very short in that area having let both Josh Murphy and Junior Hoilett leave before the window ended.
They’re quite young in that area and don’t have many experienced attacking options to choose from. Leandro Bacuna is perhaps the only one but he’s primarily more defensive in his work.
It means that McCarthy may find himself tactically inflexible – if there are very little wingers for the former Wolves manager to choose from, then he can’t start playing a formation which has them in.
It means that a winger may be high up on the priority list come the winter window.
Add some experience to the side
The departures in the off-season have also meant that McCarthy is currently dealing with a very young outfit.
There are a lot of players in the team right now who have barely played games at this level before or are still very early on in their careers.
Perhaps then, with the club currently struggling at the bottom end of the table, it might be worth bringing in some new signings that have featured at this level on a regular basis before and can help lead the Bluebirds out of their current mire if they remain in it come January.
Not necessarily ageing players who are well past their sell-by date but some players who can imbue knowledge upon some of the younger ones coming through and lead them going forwards.