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Opinion: Steve Morison ought to consider recalling 22-year-old to Cardiff City in January

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It has been a rollercoaster of a year for everyone associated with Cardiff City as the club have experienced a mixed range of emotions in the Championship.

The Bluebirds experienced somewhat of a renaissance under the guidance of Mick McCarthy last season as they secured an eighth-place finish in the Championship.

However, despite bolstering the club’s squad in the summer transfer window by signing the likes of Ryan Giles and James Collins, McCarthy was unable to take Cardiff to new heights during the opening stages of the 2021/22 campaign.

Following a run of eight consecutive defeats in the second-tier, McCarthy was sacked by the Bluebirds who have since opted to hand over the reins to Steve Morison for the remainder of the season.

Having already shown glimpses of promise under the guidance of their new boss, it will be intriguing to see whether Cardiff will be able to climb the Championship standings over the Christmas period.

Whereas Morison may be keen to stamp his own authority on the club’s squad in the upcoming transfer window, he could potentially find it beneficial to recall one of the players who was loaned out by his predecessor.

After being limited to just three appearances last season, Max Watters joined Milton Keynes Dons on a temporary basis in July.

The forward has since gone on to produce a number of eye-catching displays for Liam Manning’s side in League One.

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Watters opened his account for MK Dons in their 4-1 victory over Gillingham and has since gone on to score in their recent clashes with Crewe Alexandra and Cambridge United.

Particularly impressive against the U’s, the 22-year-old netted a brace in this particular fixture and provided an assist for Scott Twine as he registered a WhoScored match rating of 9.67 at Stadium MK.

If Watters continues to set League One alight with his attacking displays, Morison ought to consider bringing him back to the Cardiff City Stadium in January as he may now be ready to feature regularly in the Championship.

Watters’ presence could also force the likes of Collins and Kieffer Moore to step up their performance levels.

Whereas Moore has managed to score in two of his last three appearances for Cardiff, Collins has yet to find the back of the net for his new side despite making 16 appearances in all competitions.

By delivering the goods on a consistent basis at this level in the future, Watters could become a key player for the Bluebirds as they look to push on in the second-tier.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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