Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Routledge Is Cardiff City 'Loan Of The Year'

Routledge Is Cardiff City 'Loan Of The Year'


Cardiff City have been forced to rely on several loan players per season bulk us a meagre squad for the previous few years. However, the past campaign saw a noticeable upturn in quality of loanee we could attract and afford. The current England U21s goalkeeper of Manchester United was one of five loan acquisitions from the top flight, with another from top Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. In their careers, Chopra (£5m), Eddie Johnson (£3m) and Wayne Routledge (£2m) had all commanded big money fees.


In the end, we had three goalkeepers on loan at the same time. Tom Heaton and Stuart Taylor both acquitted themselves reasonably well though failed to really inspire. Both men could well do with some kicking practise over the summer months! Dimi Konstantopoulos was the other, playing just 6 times, dropping crosses and points as he committed 2 horrendous gaffes and replaced.


Eddie Johnson and Quincy Owusu-Abeyie both arrived as current Internationals (USA and Ghana respectively) and with good reputations and pedigree. Neither would say the loan move worked out well for them with Quincy managing just a few cameo appearances amid rumours of a poor attitude and training ground bust-up with Dave Jones. Eddie Johnson performed terribly at first, was little short of a liability but quickly became a sort of joke figure amongst Cardiff City fans. This developed into a cult hero status as his work-rate and hapless nature won him some tongue-in-cheek admirers. In fact, Eddie`s performances steadily improved and he actually contributed well in several games. His first goal was greeted by delirium on the 23rd appearance, another followed against Derby but was cancelled out by a peculiar own-goal in the same game.


Wayne Routledge and Michael Chopra were the two who impressed most adding pace and goals. Routledge wasn`t around for long but was a fantastic acquisition and caused a great deal of problems for opposition defenders. Chops wasn`t the same player we all knew and clearly struggled with a heel problem, nevertheless is was a welcome return.


A recent poll suggested by bluebirdlewis invited reader`s opinions on our best loan signing - Wayne Routledge was the clear winner:

Eddie! 10%
Routledge 61%
Chopra 16%
Dimi 6%
Taylor 2%
Heaton 2%
Quincy 3%

Routledge polled far more than his nearest competitor despite leaving the club in acrimonious circumstances and driving away without a backwards glance to join 'moneybags' QPR. He was missed and our season would have turned out differently if we had managed to sign him permanently.


Help us out by signing up!

You will then be able to post comments, earn points for voting and participate in the Vital Cardiff Forum


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football
Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday June 11 2009
Time: 11:06AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Vital Pre-Match - Cardiff v Birmingham

Defeat at Sheffield Wednesday (confirming them in the top six) ended the slim chances Cardiff had of making the play-offs, Birmingham visit tomorrow as the season comes to an end.

Slade Facing The Boot?

Nigel Pearson, Neil Warnock and Nigel Clough are all being mooted as replacements for Russell Slade (should he be sacked) with Cardiff legend Craig Bellamy mentioned as an option.

Manga Linked With Rennes, Toulouse & Bournemouth

Rennes and Toulouse are options if Manga wishes to return to Ligue 1? However Premier League side Bournemouth are also being credited with an interest.

Match Day Officials v Birmingham (7/5/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Birmingham City this weekend.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Cardiff v Birmingham
Suggested By:
Cardiff win0%
Birmingham win50%
Draw50%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 45 25 15 5 90 34
2 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
3 Brighton 45 24 16 5 88 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 45 21 15 9 78 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 45 13 18 14 57 -1
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship