UK time is: 10:50:33
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Midfield Cull In Order For Cardiff City

The root of Cardiff City's problems this season was an under-performing midfield unit with Dave Jones also having to shoulder some of the blame for a) Neglecting the balance of our central 4 and b) Not finding a way to integrate a better formation.


The defence was rock solid at times and Bothroyd, McCormack and Chopra did brilliantly to net so many times with such inconsistent service. The midfield needs a complete overhaul and that means player exits - the only time we looked right was when Wayne Routledge offered pace and trickery on the right - he created space for other players and we went on a great run.


Paul Parry, Stephen McPhail and Peter Whittingham are the main culprits. ledley was dependable if not spectacular while Gavin Rae did his job - he's never going to be the silky skills man, beating players or scoring 10 a season - but we knew what we'd get and he worked hard and never hid.


Chris Burke looked lively towards the end of the season, despite having few chances. He will need to improve, and deliver a better end product but the signs were encouraging - hopefully a full pre-season will see him at full pelt next term.


Ledley is almost certainly on his way - and there is little dissent from Cardiff City supporters. It's his time to move on. However, two of Whitts, Parry and McPhail must also go - all three woefully underperformed this season and could have run their course in a Bluebirds shirt. Parry of the three enjoyed a good patch at least, mid season when deployed on the left he caused problems before fading horribly and contributing next to nothing later in the season. Whittingham played a number of times, but can you remember them? McPhail is a long term target of the fans, but can have no complaints - he was withdrawn, negative and played nothing like the creative influence he is purported to be.


Unfortunately, those three players are well known and liked by Dave Jones. All three are talented left-footers who probably are Championship level players - they weren't last season and things need to change. This will be a test of Dave Jones' mettle - is he man enough to ship out the dead wood and bring in fresh ideas? Time will tell.



Join Vital Bluebirds

It's easy to register for Vital Bluebirds, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Bluebirds.




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



For the very latest Championship odds

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

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 27 2009

Time: 4:13PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Medel Inching Towards Cardiff Exit (Wednesday July 23 2014)

FK Amkar Perm 3-0 Cardiff (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Caulker Departs For QPR (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Third Tour Match Details Change (Monday July 21 2014)

Ole Delighted With Day's Efforts (Saturday July 19 2014)

Cardiff 3-0 Teuta Durres (Saturday July 19 2014)

Cardiff 3-2 TSV 1860 Munich (Saturday July 19 2014)

Noone To Miss Season Start (Friday July 18 2014)

Whittingham Signs New Cardiff Deal (Wednesday July 16 2014)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Brentford 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Brighton 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Charlton 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Filling the Juke's shoes
Bolton : 23/07/2014 10:02:00
Veteran Signs As Wanderers Player-Coach
Bolton : 23/07/2014 10:00:00
The Championship 2014/15 - Blackpool
Reading : 23/07/2014 10:00:00
The Striker Shake Up
Norwich : 23/07/2014 09:49:00
Trialist Lita Scores Braintree Winner
Ipswich : 23/07/2014 09:45:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Chelsea MotM
Suggested By:  Whitts
Marshall 40%
Fabio 4%
John 2%
Mutch 0%
Caulker 13%
Turner 4%
Daehli 25%
Whittingham 4%
Campbell 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Bellamy 2%
Sub - Cowie 2%
Sub - Healey 2%
Sub - James 2%