UK time is: 16:28:00
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Is Chopra Really The Right Man For Cardiff City?

Cardiff City made a number of fans very happy late on Monday when we sensationally swooped for former favourite and top-notch striker Michael Chopra, a deal virtually everyone thought dead. However much of the talking prior to that unexpected capture was with our interest in several other strikers, deals which did not come off.

Chris Porter of Motherwell chose to join fellow Championship side Derby County (for personal reasons as his partner resides in Nottingham) We appear to have failed in a big money bid to land Steven Fletcher of Hibernian, while the capture of Welsh International Chedwyn Evans always looked a long shot.

With those options gone, we turned to Chopra - or was he our number one target throughout? I would argue not. Chops is a fantastic striker, well known to us and he can be a devastating force in the Championship and, I`m sure, a portent force at the highest level. However, we already have Ross McCormack in the side as a pacy, hustling attacker - willing to chase anything. We recently landed Quincy, while if Paul Parry is to be used as a striker - that is surely the role he would fill.

What we do not have is adequate cover for Jay Bothroyd who is crucial to the way we play. Jay has been battered, kicked and bullied this season but has done a superb job holding up possession for the team, and to my mind there is no more skilful 'target-man` at this level. He is very adept at bringing others into the game and has made himself a pivotal figure in our style of play. Back-up for this role is Eddie Johnson. Hmm.

Eddie is excitable and seems to be determined but looks a mere shadow of the standard expected from a £3m striker or USA International goalscorer. He is yet to score, or to threaten and is not what promotion seasons are made from.

Don`t get me wrong, Chopra will be a huge asset to us and I`m delighted to have him BUT can he play with McCormack and Quincy? How would we fare without Jay? Let us know!Leave your comments at the foot of this article…




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 4 2009

Time: 9:17AM

Your Comments

'Oh no' I thought when I saw the title of this article - now you've joined the moaners and groaners who sadly are always with us .. just for once, can we just celebrate - the transfer window has closed and we've got who we've got .. I, for one, am delighted .. now let's just get on with supporting our team and doing our job of trying to get promotion .. stop looking for chances to complain ..
gtsutton
guess you think he can play with McCormack in attack then?
bluebirdshroom
good signing.Cops wasnt at his best but he knew it was only for a short amount ot time. now he'll be 100%.
bluebirdlewis
i think chops and mcccormack can play 2gether but it will be a change and need our defenders to stop long balls. happy with chops signing, maybe if eddie goes we get another in on loan?
Bonesy
quincy play striker as well so we wouldn't need to replace eddie if he went and if a player is good enough they can adapt and play with anyone and if you recall chopra and mccormack have already played together!!!!
smakerzthebluebird
I remember them playing together, the only goals we scored when they were in attack were pens i thinK!
bluebirdshroom
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Jonesing On Non Footballing Decisions (Thursday March 26 2015)

Jones Loaned To Bournemouth (Thursday March 26 2015)

Arrival Of Arsenal Defender Confirmed (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Young On Solid Birmingham Showing (Sunday March 22 2015)

Stats: Cardiff v Birmingham (Saturday March 21 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. westonal 2

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Cardiff 2 - 0 Birmingham
Cardiff 1 - 1 Bournemouth
Brentford 1 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 1 - 2 Charlton
Rotherham 1 - 3 Cardiff
Cardiff 0 - 1 Wolves

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Charlton 39 13 15 11 -2 54
12. Sheff Wed 39 13 14 12 -4 53
13. Leeds Utd 39 14 10 15 -4 52
14. Cardiff 39 13 12 14 -2 51
15. Birmingham 38 11 14 13 -12 47
16. Brighton 39 10 15 14 -3 45
17. Bolton 39 12 9 18 -11 45

Breaking League News

Reasons Why Wednesday MUST Sign McGugan
» Sheff Wed : 31/03/2015 14:51:01
Video: England U21s1 3-2 Germany U21s
» Norwich : 31/03/2015 12:00:01
Ipswich Turned Down Hoolahan
» Norwich : 31/03/2015 11:00:01
How English Are The Latics?
» Wigan : 31/03/2015 10:50:00
RUFC - Bigger Squad Or Smaller Squad?
» Rotherham : 31/03/2015 10:06:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Marshall 0%
Fabio 0%
Ecuele Manga 0%
Morrison 0%
Malone 0%
Noone 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Whittingham 0%
Ralls 0%
Jones 0%
Revell 0%
Sub - Kennedy 0%
Sub - Doyle 0%
Sub - Adeyemi 0%