Date:Friday July 3 2009
Cardiff City this week secured the signing of 27 year old centre-back Mark Hudson from Charlton Atheltic. With relatively little known about him, we asked members of the Vital Charlton forum for their thoughts on last season's captain:
Vital Charlton member Sun was less than complimentary:
What type of defender is Hudson?
Mark Hudson is a useless defender. No, honestly. He is error prone, horrendously slow (especially on the turn) and is clumsy, giving away penalties and free kicks on a regular basis. He is barely okay in the air, which is his best quality.
Your thoughts on Mark Hudson leaving?
Who is paying who? £700,000 seems like a bargain to get rid of him.
Can he do a good job for Cardiff City?
Honestly - NO. He is shocking. Truely truly shocking. I blame him as much as Pardew/Parkinson for our relegation.
Was he a good captain?
Possibly the funniest question of all. I don't remember seeing him do one thing that made me think he could be a captain. The closest he got was clapping after each goal went it, but normally his head went down as it was his fault. Occassionally he would shout at someone for making a mistake, when more often than not it was actually his fault.
Any particular strengths or weaknesses?
He's slow. So so slow. Oh, and crap too.
Is £700k a fair price?
About £8million too expensive.
Good luck bluebirds! You're going to need it with this sack at CB for you!
Arry Addick added:
'Glad to see the back of him and get some decent cash too!
He's slow and a poor marker, terrible leader and never a captain. Only one positive is that he was reasonable in the air.'
Youhavetoscoretowin was the most complimentary of the Vital Addicks:
'Some reasonable defensive qualities, although he does tend to get on the wrong side a bit too often for my liking. OK in the air and fairly brave.
As long as the rest of your back four are a bit special. Captain he ain't!'
Less than glowing recommendations from the Valley faithful then. Perhaps the fans are still hurting from a terrible season, ending in relegation with a captain/defender with strong links to bitter rivals Crystal Palace making a very good scapegoat. I think we have to hope for that!
Cardiff City fans have a nasty habit of judging players before giving them a chance. Hudson must be given a chance to impress in what can only be a better side than the relegated CAFC class of last year - he will compete with Anthony Gerrard and Gabor Gyepes for the centre-back berths.
Thanks to Vital Charlton for their views, you can read the entire thread here.
Date:Friday July 3 2009
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