This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Fan’s Voice’ series, where we gather original opinions from those closest to the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
It’s safe to say that it’s not been the season that many Cardiff City supporters would have hoped for under the management of Neil Harris this term.
The Bluebirds finished fifth in the Championship last season, but missed out on promotion after a defeat to Fulham in their play-off semi-final.
It’s been a frustrating star to this year’s campaign for Cardiff as well, as they currently sit 15th in the second-tier standings after their opening 11 matches of the 2020/21 season.
They were beaten by Bristol City in their most recent fixture, and will be looking to get back to winning ways at the earliest of opportunities.
Football League World’s Cardiff City fan Ben Johnsey made his pre-season prediction, which certainly hasn’t gone to plan so far this term.
The Bluebirds supporter praised winger Harry Wilson for his impact so far this season as well, although his efforts haven’t quite been enough in recent weeks.
“Cardiff had a strong end to the 19/20 campaign finishing in a play-off spot, leaving fans proud of how far the team had come despite losing in the semi-final to eventual winners Fulham. With a quick turn around on the cards, fans began to look to the next season with expectations of a solid play off campaign firmly in their sites.
“However, Cardiff’s season thus far has not gone according to plan currently languishing in 16th place, six points off play-offs having just lost the Severnside derby with Cardiff unable to respond to Chris Martin’s second minute opener.”
“After an inconsistent start to the campaign, Cardiff fans felt their prayers had been answered with the Deadline Day signing of Welsh winger Harry Wilson, with many feeling he was the missing piece to get Cardiff firing in the final third.
“Despite Wilson himself impressing, his addition hasn’t been enough with Cardiff picking up just two wins in six since his arrival.”
He went on to highlight the lack of drive from the players this season as one of the main reasons as to why they have struggled to replicate their impressive showings last season, before singling out Welsh forward Kieffer Moore for praise.
“On paper, I think Cardiff have one of the best attacking line ups in the league, yet can’t seem to find the net. While some have put this down to tactics, I believe otherwise feeling this is more down to the mentality on the pitch being very poor, whilst also lacking the drive and ‘no nonsense’ attitude we saw last season.
“From no-one attacking loose balls, to sloppy passing in the midfield this has affected Cardiff all over the pitch.
“One of Cardiff’s best attributes is their set-piece abilities, yet this has looked to be nullified due to the complete lack of tempo leaving long throws and free kicks all but useless when no-one is making the effort to get onto the end of a ball, often leaving fans frustrated as good chances are constantly wasted.
“Another area in which Cardiff are struggling to take advantage of is Kieffer Moore. The big man up top is often cutting a frustrated figure with service being few and far between, although the fact the striker has already scored three times this season despite a lack of service shows what he could be capable of if the Cardiff players are to find him more often.”
Johnsey remains confident that the Bluebirds can find much-needed wins this season, but fears that time is running out for Harris in charge of the club, especially if they’re to struggle heading towards the potentially season-defining festive period.
“While I do believe Cardiff can find their feet this season, it could take time as Harris will look to kick them into gear.
“But with the Christmas period fast approaching and previous comments from club Chairman Mehmet Dalman suggesting that the clubs league position could be evaluated around January, time may be running out for Harris to turn things around, or face being Cardiff’s second manager to be sacked in just over a year.”
Disclaimer: The views cast from various supporters in the Fan’s Voice series do not represent those of Football League World.