Date:Tuesday September 7 2010
Cardiff City defender Anthony Gerrard was shipped out on loan to fellow Chamiponship side Hull City last week after failing to win a place in the starting XI with the Bluebirds thus far this season.
Mark Hudson and Gabor Gyepes have been given the two starting positions thus far, and have done well including back-to-back clean sheets against Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth.
However, it seems foolish to have allowed Gerrard to leave, an accomplished and determined Championship defender to leave, without a suitable replacement (preferably improvement) coming in!
Since Gerrard's departure, the transfer window has been firmly shut, meaning we can only move for a player on loan, or one who is currently unattached. A loan deal looks unlikely since we aleady have Drinkwater, Keogh, Koumas, Bellamy and Olofinjana on loan, whilst football league rules stipulate a maximum of 5 loan players are named in any matchday squad.
Therefore a free transfer swoop for an unatteched player looked the most likely option, with former Middlesborough defender Chris Riggott having trained with the Bluebirds over the past couple of weeks. However, despite a friendly match arranged to prove his fitness, there has been no news or indication as to whether he will sign.
Injuries, suspension and/or poor form are likely to hit both Hudson and Gyepes at some point over the season and currently only Darcy Blake is available as back-up. Blake is currently injured, but despite excelling in a central role last season, is seen primarily as a full-back and is desperately inexperienced in central defence. Kevin McNaughton remains an option in the middle, but should really only be considered an emergency stand-in.
There may be a pre-contractual arrangement with Riggott giving us option to sign if we choose. Otherwise he would be free (and expected) to talk to other clubs - potentially leaving us high and dry. Hopefully, Riggott can prove his fitness and will provide experienced and high quality competition for Hudson and Gyepes - no news as yet however.
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Date:Tuesday September 7 2010
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