Cardiff City To Face 'Flop' Striker MacLean
Cardiff City travel to face Yeovil Town tonight and will likely face one of the biggest disappointments in recent years when former striker Steve MacLean lines up against his former club.
MacLean joined on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday, having seen out his contract and left the Owls. The Wednesday fans were bitterly disappointed to see him depart. His arrival was overshadowed by that of Robbie Fowler but MacLean arrived with a good scoring record and a 100% record in having never missed a penalty. His very first match for Cardiff City, MacLean missed a penalty and we lost 1-0 to Stoke City.
Things got worse for MacLean and he made just a handful of appearances after also suffering an injury. A lasting memory came in his final league appearance for City, when he played the final 30 minutes of a 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle. Unfortunately MacLean was completely lacking confidence and made numerous basic errors, showing a lack of control and any quality.
In a bizarre twist, MacLean then went on to join...... Plymouth Argyle in what turned out to be Peter Ridsdale's greatest Cardiff City tirumph. To this day, I can't imagine the Pilgrims saw anything on that day to suggest he would be a success but Ridsdale's golden tongue somehow persuaded them to part with £500k (money the Bluebirds desperately needed).
MacLean went on to score just 5 goals from 48 appearances before loan spells with Aberdeen and Oxford. He is now out-of-contract and on trial with Yeovil Town. MacLean's demise from a highly rated Championship striker, to a lower league journeyman is curious and it was a big blow to City that he was unable to emulate his previous form whilst in South Wales.
Hopefully Maclean can re-find his form and go on to score goals for Yeovil Town this season. Few of his former team-mates are still at Cardiff City but McPhail, McNaughton and Peter Whittingham will all know him but will be trying to keep him off the scoresheet in the Huish Park friendly tonight.