Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Naylor Dilemma For Cardiff City

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.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Monday January 3 2011
Time: 2:59PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Brighton Trip Changed

The league match against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday 31st December, has had a change to the date and kick-off time.

Doyle Completes Preston Move

Limited with chances since arriving from Chesterfield last year Doyle went to Preston on loan last season with him now completing a permanent move to Cardiff's Championship rivals.

German Friendly & Tour Details Confirmed

Cardiff City have now confirmed the final friendly of our German tour.

Lawrence & Morgans Join Backroom Staff

Cardiff City have today confirmed the appointments of Lennie Lawrence and Dr Ryland Morgans to Paul Trollope's backroom staff.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Marshall1%
Peltier3%
Connolly18%
Turner9%
Malone3%
Noone3%
O'Keefe3%
Whittingham3%
Lawrence3%
Pilkington27%
Immers6%
Sub - Zohore0%
Sub - Harris0%
Sub - Ecuele Manga21%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)