It has been a real rollercoaster ride for Cardiff City since the start of the new Millennium, with the Bluebirds having experienced plenty of ups and downs during this 20-year period.
They have sealed two promotions to the Premier League and reached two major cup finals, but there have also been relegations and play-off heartbreaks as it was not always plain sailing for the Welsh side during an eventful period in the club’s history.
However, it would be fair to say that Cardiff have boasted some of the best centre-midfielders in their existence during the last 20 years, with some of these players playing vital roles during the Bluebirds’ successes in recent memory.
Here, we take a look at FOUR of the best centre-midfielders to have played for the Bluebirds since 2000…
Whittingham is perhaps the first name on this list given his consistent brilliance for Cardiff across his ten-and-a-half-year spell in the Welsh capital, with the midfielder racking up a total of 457 appearances for the Bluebirds during this lengthy period.
The former Aston Villa man became renowned for his outstanding long-range shooting ability in addition to his creative excellence, and Cardiff fans’ impassioned reaction to Whittingham’s recent tragic death reflects how highly valued he was.
Ramsey certainly went on to bigger things following his transfer to Arsenal in 2008, but it was his early outings for Cardiff that earned him this move to London as he climbed through the Bluebirds’ ranks before making his mark in the first team.
The Wales international was capable of showcasing his excellent technical ability from an early age in his senior appearances, while his continued brilliance during second stint at Cardiff in 2011 was enough to secure his spot on this list.
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Some modern-day Cardiff supporters may not be totally aware of Kavanagh’s influence on the side during his four-year stint in the Welsh capital between 2001 and 2005, with the midfielder becoming a firm fans’ favourite during this period.
Kavanagh’s box-to-box ability earned him a strong reputation among Cardiff supporters during the early part of the Millennium, and he scored some significant goals including a strike against Leeds as the Bluebirds knocked them out of the FA Cup in 2002.
Medel may not have played for one of the more successful Cardiff sides given his sole season at the club saw them relegated from the top flight, but the Chile international was definitely one of the club’s stand-out performers during a disappointing season.
The former Sevilla man made 35 appearances for Cardiff before his transfer to Inter Milan, and he will be remembered for some excellent displays during the Bluebirds’ maiden top-flight campaign including a masterclass against Fulham at Craven Cottage.