UK time is: 10:16:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Naylor Dilemma For Cardiff City

Cardiff City are in woeful form, characterised by a shaky defence severely lacking in confidence, quality and form. If they were playing close to the best, it's a decent Championship back four but while Hudson and McNaughton have performed averagely of late, Blake, Gyepes and Lee Naylor have been very poor.

Indeed, Lee Naylor in particular has come in for particular criticism and has been very poor. He was hauled off in the first half against Watford after being terrorised by Buckley, conceding a penalty, booking and goals down our left.

That was followed up by another shocker at Bristol City where Albert Odomah again caused havoc and was a clear gameplan by the Robins. Naylor has been solid on occasions, but is generally below par and in a weak link in the back four.

Unfortunately for Cardiff City, we have no otehr designated let-back in the squad. Mark Kennedy and Tony Capaldi have departed while that position has been a problem area for many seasons.

Now, however, it seems a change simply must be made. Dave Jones is historically loyal to under-performing players but for the majority of fans - Naylor must be rested and a new back four selected. THat means a change in position for the versatile workhorse Kevin McNaughton.

McNaughton is primarily a right-back, but is also comfortable on the left and has occupied that position to good effect in the past. He is more than capable fo shoring up the left meaning we could opt for an alternative at right back where we do have options.

The three men in contention to replace Naylor would therefore be Darcy Blake, Adam Matthews or forgotten man Paul Quinn. Blake has looked far from comfortable this season, but could benefit from a change to a full-back role. He is not the normal build for a centre-back, but has pace and a good pass - he is seen by the coaching staff as more suited to right-back and is a realistic option.

Adam Matthews is also a viable choice, with the highly-rated youngster showing considerable promise over the past 2 seasons. He has not reached his best form this season, characterised by some costly mistakes including a calamitous own goal away at Ipswich and a slip to allow a Dexter Blackstock goal when we were chasing the game at home to Nottingham Forest. However, he remains a good player - if short on confidence. It would be a big ask to throw him into a struggling defensive unit but he's young, and would love to regain his place.

Altrnatively, there is Paul Quinn - who has barely featured at all for Cardiff City this season, after a slightly disappointing campaign following a 350k move from Motherwell. Quinn is also somehwat error prone, but is certainly determined, comitted and vociferous. We have often lacked a leader, and Quinn is always happy for his voice to be heard. He has previously shown himself to be a man for a crisis, after a simply brilliant performance when we defended heroically with 9 men against Leicester City. A back four of Whittingham, Capaldi, Quinn and Matthews held on stoically - the kind of attitude we could benefit from now.

Few fans would be surprised to hear Lee Naylor's name read out in the starting XI tomorrow. We don't want to make a scapegoat of the former Celtic man, but performances have been poor and we have to sort out our ailing defence. There are options, the only question is how long before Dave Jones actually uses them.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 3 2011

Time: 2:59PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Gabbidon's Player Coach Role (Tuesday September 2 2014)

Hudson Joins Huddersfield (Monday September 1 2014)

Cardiff Confirm Manga Signing (Monday September 1 2014)

Gabbidon Set For Return? (Monday September 1 2014)

5m Defender To Sign (Monday September 1 2014)

Solskjaer Pleased With Response (Sunday August 31 2014)

Vital Report: Fulham 1 Cardiff 1 (Saturday August 30 2014)

Stats: Fulham v Cardiff (Saturday August 30 2014)

Vital Preview: Fulham v Cardiff (Friday August 29 2014)

Vincent Tan: Justified? (Thursday August 28 2014)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wolves 1 - 0 Cardiff
Cardiff 3 - 1 Huddersfield
Cardiff 1 - 0 Wigan
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Blackburn 1 - 1 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Charlton 5 2 3 0 2 9
7. Derby County 5 2 2 1 4 8
8. Brentford 5 2 2 1 2 8
9. Cardiff 5 2 2 1 2 8
10. Sheff Wed 5 2 2 1 1 8
11. Bournemouth 5 2 1 2 3 7
12. Wigan 5 2 1 2 3 7

Breaking League News

Deadline day round up: One in, one out
Reading : 02/09/2014 10:00:00
RUFC - Skarz 'Saturday Was A Frustrating Day'
Rotherham : 02/09/2014 09:38:00
Official: Rovers Seal Steele & Tunnicliffe Moves
Blackburn : 02/09/2014 09:26:00
Transfer window closes with no new arrivals
Wolves : 02/09/2014 09:00:00
Birmingham Reject Bid For Gray
Birmingham : 02/09/2014 09:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:  Whitts
Marshall 0%
Brayford 0%
Fabio 0%
Dikgacoi 0%
Morrison 0%
Connolly 20%
Pilkington 0%
Whittingham 0%
Le Fondre 0%
Jones 20%
Daehli 60%
Sub - Ralls 0%
Sub - Macheda 0%
Sub - Wolff Ekirem 0%