Cardiff City kickstarted their pre-season friendly schedule with a fine 5-0 victory over Bath City of the National League South.
Summer signing James Collins netted twice, whilst Oliver Denham, Isaac Vassell, and Isaak Davies also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Perhaps the standout moment in Cardiff’s win was Vassell’s tap-in to make it four just before half-time. The 27-year-old’s time with the South Walian club has been deeply disrupted by injuries.
The forward, who has made just three appearances since joining The Bluebirds ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, last goal for the club came during the second game of the 2019/20 campaign – a 90th-minute winner against his old club Luton Town.
Upon scoring, he was swiftly met by several of his teammates who celebrated and congratulated him in a very nice footballing moment.
Aden Flint, who grabbed the assist for Vassell’s goal, took to social media after the game to hail the forward: “No1 deserves it more than Vas.. had a tough couple years and worked so hard to get back!”
Mick McCarthy’s side host Cambridge United in their next pre-season friendly and Vassell will be hoping to make just as much of an impact against higher-quality opposition as he did during yesterday’s 5-0 thrashing.
If McCarthy can keep Vassell fully fit during pre-season then it will be like having a new signing.
His explosiveness and desire to get in behind makes him a different option to both James Collins and Kieffer Moore. It is also not the first time that Vassell and Collins have linked up in the same colours. The pair spent a few weeks together at Luton before the former completed a move to Birmingham City.
Vassell has missed so much football in the past few years, that his ultimate goal will be minutes over goal-scoring contributions, although both would be targeted.
Cardiff will be challenging for promotion once again and a fully fit Vassell would certainly give them another dimension in the attacking third and boost their chances of returning to the Premier League.