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Opinion: Cardiff City have backed themselves into a corner and don’t have the funds to get out of it

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Cardiff suffered their fifth straight defeat losing 1-0 to Reading last Saturday, leaving fans questioning the current state of the club from top to bottom.

Cardiff had a relatively good start to the season under Mick McCarthy, going into matchday seven just one point off the top six.

Though the feeling around the fanbase was that this was on weak foundations, that would come to a head with a five match losing streak following leaving Cardiff sat just two places above the relegation zone.

This has left many fans questioning the club’s hierarchy mainly that of manager Mick McCarthy with many fans feeling it’s time for the former Ireland boss to move on.

Personally I don’t believe it’s that easy, the current state of the club is very worrying and doesn’t leave much wiggle room in terms of change.

The club’s set up is built around Mick’s style and no depth to adapt that, just one senior left back, no senior wingers and an overload of centre halves leaves Cardiff feeling forced to play a five at the back.

Not to mention the departure of former star Lee Tomlin as of Monday, meaning Cardiff are left with 21-year-old Ryan Giles as the senior creative player.

Cardiff have lost Ojo, Harry Wilson, Jonny Williams, Josh Murphy, and Hoilett from their forward ranks last season with only Ryan Giles and James Collins coming in to replace them.

This has left Cardiff very short up top and a constant lack of a finishing touch with the club heavily relying on Moore who is also having a slow start to the season.

So surely a busy January window is expected to get the club out of turmoil?

Very doubtful with the club’s lack of funds becoming more obvious as time goes on.

This really showed its head when McCarthy was denied the transfer of Marley Watkins on a free by the board.

While many fans rejoiced in not signing the winger, it’s very concerning for a manager to not get a low cost player he wants on a free .

This was also shown when Mick made it clear his top target was Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis.

McCarthy talked a lot about the player and made it clear he was a fan. Although just when Cardiff fans got excited the club were priced out of a move for just a reported £2 million fee, nothing really compared to previous signings such as the £7 million spent on Aden Flint just two seasons ago.

Not only does there feel to be a split between the fans and the club but also the board and the team, with a strong feeling that McCarthy isn’t putting up much of a fight to get the signings he wants.

This has shown the selection process with Bacuna continuing to be selected out of position as a winger while Murphy was allowed to leave less than a month ago with once again no replacement signed.

Cardiff are looking at a long season ahead and a January transfer window no one will be looking forward to, fears of Kieffer Moore leaving and little trust in a solid replacement, fans will be dreading the winter.

Change is needed quickly at Cardiff though it feels more like a dream than a reality.

If McCarthy is to be sacked, the club has a lot more work to do than just replace him with a carbon copy or be in the same situation this time next season.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Opinion: Cardiff City have backed themselves into a corner and don’t have the funds to get out of it

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