Are Cardiff City Missing Mark Kennedy ?
Cardiff City allowed Tony Capaldi to leave the club over the summer - an expected decision but less so was the departure of seasoned veteran Mark Kennedy, who left to join Ipswich Town for a fee of £75k.
The 34 year old was a solid and dependable member of the Bluebirds squad and an important player in defence. There were no frills, but you got consistency, discipline and experience. Kenendy, although he went about his business quietly, was a real leader on the pitch - something we lack with McNaughton, Gyepes, Blake and co barely making a sound through 90 minutes. Even Mark Hudson, whilst often captain, does not seem a vocal presence.
McNaughton was expected to feature on the left, but Lee Naylor also signed after protracted negotiations and has established himself as Dave Jones' first choice. However, consistency has not been on show from the former Wolves and Celtic man. We've seen glimpses of true quality with some good tackles, positioning and excellent whipped crosses. However, couple that with some dreadful back-pedalling when confronted by opposition wingers, and a reluctancy to get close to his man - and we remain in the pre-Kennedy situation.
Kennedy filled a gap, and many clubs have one of two players like that. The Bluebirds don't at present and sometimes lack that calming influence and cool head that Kennedy offered. Many have questioned whether we're any better off with Naylor, but his age (30) and pedigree suggest there is more to come.
Unfortunately, 'Sparky' is currently facing a 3 week lay-off after picking up a hamstring injury during a 2-1 defeat by Coventry City. He has made 4 starts and 1 substitute appearance for the Tractor Boys thus far.
Sitting in second place, and with a good defensive record so far - it's clear we are not missing Mark Kennedy, and were right to let him go. However, it's in the dressing room his absence may yet be felt. Hopefully, the added experience of Bellamy, Koumas and co. will be sufficient.