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The Cardiff City player who needs to step up after latest injury blow

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

Cardiff City striker Robert Glatzel has got off to a relatively solid start to his time at the Cardiff City Stadium having been signed in the summer from Heidenheim, after registering 17 goals in 55 appearances for the German side.

The 25-year-old, as would probably be expected, has taken time to adapt to his new surroundings and the competitive and physical nature of the Championship in the opening few weeks of the season, with the striker failing to score in his first five league games for the Bluebirds, before netting his first goal in english football with a well taken penalty in Cardiff’s 1-1 draw at Derby County.

However, Glatzel missed out on the opportunity find some momentum in terms of his personal form having missed out on last weekend’s 1-0 win against Middlesbrough through illness, and now Neil Warnock will be hoping the striker can be ready to be included back into his squad for the Bluebirds’ trip to Hull City on Saturday.

That will be even more of an importance now given the news that Cardiff’s other summer addition in the striking department Isaac Vassell is set to be out for up to two months with a thigh injury (via BBC Sport), which will mean even greater reliance will be placed on Glatzel’s shoulders to help the Bluebirds start to convert more opportunities.

So far this season one of Cardiff’s biggest issues has been their inability to score enough goals and convert enough of their chances, with Warnock’s side managing to register just nine league goals in their opening eight matches, which is fewer than all but two sides who are currently above them in the Championship table.

Cardiff’s lack of potency in front of goal was highlighted in their win against Middlesbrough last weekend, with the Bluebirds reliant on an early own goal from Boro’s Ashley Fletcher to secure only their third win in their first eight games, and Warnock’s side were guilty of missing some opportunities to kill the game throughout the rest of the contest which could have left them vulnerable to an equaliser.

That is something which Cardiff will have to improve as the season progresses if they are to challenge for promotion straight back to the Premier League, and although the Bluebirds are reliant on set pieces under Warnock to score a lot of their goals they need to start showing signs of being able to register in open play.

Glatzel needs to use Vassell’s injury as an opportunity to firmly establish himself as the club’s main striker this campaign, and Warnock will need to find a method to get the best out of the 25-year-old, who has at times looked a little isolated up front on his own and struggled to make the use of the limited service that has come his way.

However, despite appearing to have been left isolated at times the striker has still shown some signs that he could develop into a very useful player for the Bluebirds, with the striker averaging three shots and winning 4.3 aerial duels per game so far, according to whoscored.

Given Vassell’s injury and the fact that Cardiff’s other forward options in Omar Boggle and Danny Ward are yet to get into any rhythm so far this term, Glatzel now needs to start showing some consistency and his quality in front of goal in the coming weeks.


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