Cardiff City will head into their Championship encounter with Sheffield United this evening (7.45pm kick-off) hoping to preserve their 100% record in the league thus far.
Neil Warnock’s men finished 12th in the second tier last term but expectations are slightly higher this time round given the 68-year-old’s stunning record at this level, and they’ve made quite the start to back up that optimism.
The Bluebirds edged past Burton Albion on the opening weekend before comprehensively beating Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday, and will thus head into this evening’s game against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, who have won one and lost one thus far, confident of a third straight win.
Warnock has been busy in the transfer window this summer in a bid to turn his Cardiff side into promotion contenders, with the likes of Danny Ward and Lee Tomlin moving to the South Wales outfit, and there could be another one on the way in the form of Watford midfielder Ben Watson.
The 32-year-old has been at Vicarage Road since 2015 but struggled for regular first team football last season, and also failed to feature in their opening match of this campaign against Liverpool on Saturday.
And that has thrown his future at the Hertfordshire-based club into doubt, what with his contract up at the end of the season, and Warnock’s Cardiff, alongside Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest, are reportedly seeking to take advantage of that uncertainty.
And it’s a deal the Bluebirds should look to get done given the midfielder’s vast amounts of experience in English football, and the fact that he produced some of his best football under Warnock during their stint at Crystal Palace.
The 32-year-old, albeit many years ago, bagged five goals and laid on nine assists for the Eagles in the 2007/08 campaign, Warnock’s first in charge, before adding a further five in just 18 games the season after under the now Cardiff chief.
Clearly, Warnock knows how to get impressive performances out of the midfielder, and alongside the 32-year-old’s immense experience, which has seen him play 204 times at Championship level and a further 137 times at top-flight level, it’s a combination that could pay dividends for the Bluebirds.
And having that extra midfield option, someone who can control the tempo and keep their foot on the ball during times of pressure, could be invaluable as the season wears on, and the demands of the Championship begin to set in.
Watson is unlikely to command a regular starting berth, but having someone like that in the squad will be of benefit both on and off the pitch, which is why he’d be an ideal addition at the Cardiff City Stadium should Warnock get a deal done between now and August 31.