Cardiff City have endured a mixed start to their Championship campaign, with the Bluebirds having got off to a slow start but having shown some signs of recovering their form over the last few months.
Neil Harris’ side will be targeting another top-six finish, but they will need to find a little more consistency in their form and performances to make that possible.
The Bluebirds perhaps suffered a bit of a hangover from their defeat to Fulham in the play-off semi-finals, but they made some good signings in the summer and should be there or thereabouts at the end of the campaign.
January will be a crucial month for Cardiff, with Harris’ side potentially needing to add a little more quality to the squad in order to help see them over the line.
However, there are some players who are on the fringes of their squad that might also be looking to earn a move away from the club.
Here then, we take a look at TWO Cardiff players who will surely be eyeing up a January exit…
One Cardiff player who could be considering his future at Cardiff is Josh Murphy, with the winger having fallen far down the pecking order this season since the arrivals of the likes of Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo in the summer. The 23-year-old has not shown many signs of late that he can come back into contention.
Murphy has been limited to just three starts in the Championship so far this campaign and that shows how far down the pecking order he has fallen.
The winger is a player with plenty of potential and quality when he is on his best form, but he lacks consistency and although he was involved in eight league goals last term, he was only able to make 16 starts in the league (Sofascore).
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It does look like a move away might be best for Murphy to go and become a key figure in a side once again, and he is the sort of player that needs the full faith of his manager to get the best out of him.
Harris just does not appear to fancy him for whatever reason, and a January exit might be the best for both parties.
Another player that will surely be wanting to find a new challenge in January is Filip Benkovic, whose loan move from Leicester City to Cardiff in the summer has not really worked out for the defender.
The 23-year-old impressed out on loan at Bristol City last season in his ten appearances, but he has not had the chance to make a mark by Harris.
Leicester will likely be considering whether it is better to recall him and send him out on loan elsewhere, with the defender now far down the pecking order with the Premier League club.
He is yet to make an appearance for Cardiff in the Championship and it is clear he would only play if there were injuries or suspensions.
From Cardiff’s perspective, they would be hoping to keep him around the squad for cover in their squad. However, Benkovic is unlikely to be wanting to sit on the bench for the rest of the campaign and you could see him asking for another move in January.