Cardiff City would have been pleased with their top-half finish to the Championship campaign and, with an experienced man in charge, they should be aiming for an even more impressive end for this time next year.
The Bluebirds were lingering amongst the relegation candidates until Neil Warnock was appointed in early October, and the former Queens Park Rangers boss won’t be satisfied with another mid-table season – he’ll want a potential push for the play-offs.
One player who fits the mould in south Wales, almost perfectly, is Preston North End defender Greg Cunningham.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed two years at Deepdale since transferring from Bristol City in the summer of 2015 for an undisclosed fee, and before that the left-back was a member of the Manchester City reserves; enjoying loan stints at Leicester and Nottingham Forest.
Cunningham was a prominent member of Preston’s first-team squad in the Championship last campaign, featuring in over 40 matches for the Lilywhites.
While he isn’t a big name that a lot of Bluebirds’ supporters would want to arrive at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Republic of Ireland international is a determined hard-worker and is a quiet, efficient member of any team.
That is the sort of player who suits Neil Warnock’s philosophy and style of play, not only that, however, as Greg Cunningham does improve the defence of the current crop of footballers in the capital of Wales.
Cardiff City fans, do you need a new left-back? Is Greg Cunningham the right man to slot in there? What are your hopes for next season? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!