Date:Friday August 27 2010
Cardiff City this week tied up a season long loan deal for Wolves striker Andy Keogh, whose arrival looks certain to result in the departure of Ross McCormack. Keogh is a former Scunthorpe United player, whose talent and versatility have seen him win some excellent reviews, not least from Wolves boss Mick McCarthy who remains a big fan.
In order to get the some up-to-date views on Keogh, and what he can bring to Cardiff City - we headed over to Vital Wolves to get the views of the New York City Wolf.
What's Keogh's best position? Can he cover other positions?
Andy Keogh made a name for himself at the unfashionable surrounds of Scunthorpe. Keogh cost the club just 50,000 pounds but struck a formidable strike force with Billy Sharpe now of Doncaster. Keogh scored 15 goals in helping Scunthorpe to promotion to League One and was snapped up by Wolves for half a million. He was signed as a forward but his goal ratio resulted in him being played behind a front two or lone striker, and made his mark on both wings.
What sort of player is he?
In my book Keogh is an exceptional talent who fell foul to the Wolves Bully Boys. Andy is a very smart thinker who can match his ideals with his ability to execute his vision thanks to his abilities. The player will run himself into the ground, chip in with vital goals yet create more than he scores due to his nature.
Some fans are worried by his goalscoring record - should they be?
If you are looking for a striker to give you twenty goals this is not your man. You have to rate him on the abilities described above but DJ will bring out the best in him.
Personally I rate him as one of the best young players on our (former) books. There are few weaknesses.
Would you have liked to keep him?
This deal, speaking as a Wolves fan leaves me bewildered. It leaves us short on forwards and his versatility was a true asset. We can only assume Mick is either going to bring in a name because it leaves us short of options.
Will he do a good job in the Championship?
He is a great addition to your squad. - I remain astounded you landed Bellamy and with Keogh alongside or playing behind him Bellamy can hit the 30 goal mark and I fancy you for promotion this season.
Is Cardiff a good move for him?
I think it is the move he needed and I am glad he has joined a club with such ambition and potential. He often was the scapegoat at Wolves when things were going wrong- of you want further proof- and differing options log onto The Express and Star- our local paper supposedly behind our club but whom stir silly storied and happily allow idiots who can hardly string a sentence together to slag off the likes of Andy- the paper is a big reason I switched to Vital Football which seems well organized and respectable by and for real fans. He deserves first team football and I truly wish him the best
Any thoughts on likely transfer fee after loan?
We valued him at £2.5m pre season which is why no one signed him. As an Irish international I would say 2 million is fair. A lot depends on the job he does for you. If you go up and he has made a big contribution to the cause I would say 2 million with a half million add on over two years. Trust me- you are signing a quality player who is worth his salt. Good luck for the season and be sure to hit our site for reaction and updates.
Many thanks to New York City Wolf over at Vital Wolves for his time and thoughts.
Date:Friday August 27 2010
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