Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Taiwo's Cardiff City Career Summed-Up

Taiwo's Cardiff City Career Summed-Up

Solomon Taiwo has joined his former club Dagenham & Redbridge on loan until the end of the season after a disastrous year in South Wales for the midfielder.

A £250k move to bolster our weak central midfield area was a must last season, but Taiwo did not become that man and we again looked unbalanced with any Ledley/McPhail/Rae combination in the engine room.

A young and promising player, Taiwo had impressed against us for the Daggers in a Carling Cup tie, bossing our midfield that day and looking a combative, and strong presence. He made his debut against Doncaster Rovers, playing the final 20 minutes of a disappointing 2-0 away defeat. He then tasted action when replacing Ledley for the final few minutes as the 10 men held on for a crucial win at Reading following McPhail`s red card.

The fans had seen little so far, but Taiwo got his first start just days later when he was selected to face QPR. This was a woeful team performance with shambolic distribution from Paul Quinn, while Bothroyd appeared lazy and dis-interested. Taiwo was no worse than the rest, but was hauled off after 54 minutes and subsequently dropped.

Further subs appearances came against Derby (7 minutes) and Swansea City when Taiwo was simply hopeless during his calamitous 20 minute cameo. His contribution from that moment was extremely limited amid claims of a crisis of confidence. Thirteen minutes apiece against Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United followed while he also tasted cup action against Bristol City, and the final minute of our defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

A troublesome knee injury, coupled with the loss of form meant that it was fully 8 months after his first Bluebirds start, that Taiwo made his second. This was against Derby County when Jones opted to rest his first teamers for the end-of-season 'dead rubber` after a play-off place had been achieved.

A loan move to Colchester United, and a transfer to Norwich City over the summer both fell through and it is with some relief for all concerned that he will return to the lower leagues to try and re-buiild his stalling career. There were glimpses of promise, but certainly nothing to show Taiwo would be a successful Championship player. The expenditure of £250k just months before appearing in court on non-payment of HMRC debts - must also be questionable.

Budding statistical geeks may recognise that Taiwo never found a defined role in the team, and Dave Jones in fact couldn`t even decide who to replace when Taiwo made his 8 appearances from the subs bench - he ended up replacing 7 different players! (McPhail twice, and once for Whittingham, Ledley, Capaldi, Rae, Burke and Wildig). Indeed, even when substitutes off, it was in desperation with youngsters Aaron Morris and Josh Magennis (both now departed the club) replacing him.

Join Vital Bluebirds - Share Your Opinion!!!

It's easy to register for Vital Bluebirds, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved, share your feelings or just have a rant!



The easiest way is by adding a comment to the foot of the article, this gets your point across and allows others to agree, disagree or laugh! You also earn points for every message you post...




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday October 29 2010
Time: 11:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Vital View - Championship, 24th-26th February 2017

Brighton winning and Newcastle drawing saw Albion return to the top of the table. Huddersfield couldn't close the gap though. Wigan, Blackburn & Rotherham are still the bottom three.

Stats: Cardiff v Fulham

All the stats from Cardiff (2) vs (2) Fulham, Cardiff City Stadium, 25/2/17 Att: 15,656

Cardiff v Fulham - Team Sheets

Cardiff are at the Cardiff City Stadium with Fulham the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Cardiff v Fulham - Follow Live On Twitter

Cardiff are at the Cardiff City Stadium with Fulham the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
McGregor0%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Bamba0%
Richards0%
Noone0%
Gunnarsson0%
Ralls0%
K Harris0%
Hoilett0%
Zohore100%
Sub - John0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 33 21 8 4 71 31
2 Newcastle 33 22 4 7 70 37
3 Huddersfield 33 20 5 8 65 8
4 Leeds Utd 34 19 4 11 61 12
5 Reading 34 18 6 10 60 2
6 Sheff Wed 34 17 7 10 58 9
7 Fulham 33 14 11 8 53 17
8 Norwich 34 15 7 12 52 11
9 Preston 34 14 10 10 52 5
10 Barnsley 34 14 8 12 50 4
11 Derby County 33 13 9 11 48 6
12 Cardiff 34 13 7 14 46 -2
13 Brentford 33 12 7 14 43 2
14 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
15 Ipswich 34 10 12 12 42 -7
16 Q.P.R. 34 11 7 16 40 -11
17 Aston Villa 33 9 12 12 39 -7
18 Forest 34 10 7 17 37 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 33 9 6 18 33 -6
22 Wigan 34 7 10 17 31 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 34 4 5 25 17 -45
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League