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‘This is a gamble, but I fancy it to work’ – Cardiff City land striker: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has strengthened his squad with the signing of German striker Robert Glatzel from Bundesliga Two club Heidenheim on a three-year contract, as confirmed on the Bluebirds’ club website.

The 25-year-old was Warnock’s number one summer target having scored 17 goals in 29 league and cup appearances last season for Heidenheim in the German second-tier.

So will Glatzel prove a good addition at Cardiff?

We discuss……….

Sam Rourke

“This is a gamble, but I fancy it to work.

“The 25-year-old appears to have all the attributes needed to make a good Championship striker, with pace, strength and good aerial ability strong assets that he possesses.

“His goal-scoring record isn’t too bad either, with him notching 69 goals in 214 appearances in his career, so he clearly comes to Wales with pedigree in front of goal.

“For £5.5m it’s a bit of a risk, but signing players from the European market seems the cost-effective way to go, as it’d likely cost you triple that if you want a proven Championship goalscorer.

“I’m intrigued to see how Glatzel gets on in Wales with Cardiff.”

Kealan Hughes

“This is an excellent signing by Cardiff and one that looks really exciting on paper given his goalscoring record last season and the attributes he has.

“Other than Bobby Reid, Cardiff lack pace and dynamism up front, but Glatzel will be able to run in behind defenders and run the channels very effectively, and he could come alive most when Cardiff are counter-attacking.

“He has all the attributes to succeed but will perhaps need to work on his heading and hold-up play to be the complete Neil Warnock striker, but that will likely come with time and getting used to the system he likes to play.

“He is still young too and if he gets off to a good start he will spark interest from a lot of clubs, so £5.5m could prove to be a bargain, and we could see a number of clubs attempt to sign him in future.”

Jacob Potter

“I have my doubts as to whether he’s capable of adjusting to the demands of English football.

“He netted 13 goals in 26 league appearances for Heidenhem last season, but that was in the German second division.

“The Championship is a tough division to get out of, and it’s an unforgiving league for some players who arrived from Europe.

“He’ll have to adjust to life in England quickly if he is to arrive, otherwise this will be a real waste of money by Warnock’s side.

“There’s no doubting that they need to fill the sizeable void left by Kenneth Zohore, and there will be a weight of expectation on Glatzel’s shoulders if he signs for Neil Warnock’s side.”

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