Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City's Midfield Crisis Continues

Cardiff City's Midfield Crisis Continues

Cardiff City continue to suffer from a lack of squad depth which has compounded the injury problems affecting the midfield as the Bluebirds prepare to take on Burnley at Turf Moor.

City have only Craig Conway and Peter Whittingham as natural wide players at the club with Whitts certain to be needed in the central area and likely to be used there for much of the season. Don Cowie is capable of doing a job on the right flank though is more comfortable pushed inside.

Unfortunately for Malky Mackay, the ankle injury that saw Aron Gunnarsson limp off against Bristol City will again keep him out, and promising Slovakian youngster Filip Kiss will also not be risked with a slight pull to his hamstring. Experienced midfielder Stephen McPhail has yet to feature this season after missing the entire pre-season with illness. He is back in training, but some way off match fitness.

If the above weren`t bad enough, Mackay`s options are further depleted with the absence of fringe players Sol Taiwo and Aaron Wildig - again through injury. Neither has featured much for City, but would surely be useful options given the lack of bodies to fill midfield.

One potential option is the inclusion of Darcy Blake in a holding midfield role. Primarily a defender, Blake has played in midfield as cover for Seyi Olofinjana last season. A versatile player, he was restored to the bench for the 3-1 home defeat by Brighton and could push for a starting position if Mackay wants to use Whittingham in a more advanced role.

It seems likely that Joe Mason will again start for Cardiff City. The promising youngster arrived from Plymouth Argyle as a striker, but has been utilised so far as an attacking and ball-carrying midfielder to reasonable effect. He has been given freedom to drift around and caused problems - especially for Bristol City.

Cardiff City struggled in midfield last time out, and with only Darcy Blake as a possible change - Mackay looks set to stick with the same 4 players. Hopefully, Burnley will be less organised than Brighton and the system will work well away from home. The likes of Kiss and Gunnarsson hope to be back in contention next week, while there are still more players due to arrive before the end of the transfer window.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday August 19 2011
Time: 10:32AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Warnock's 2017-18 Play-Off Aims

Neil Warnock is looking towards a play-off spot next season but concedes even that would be a 'massive achievement' for Cardiff.

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Vital View - Championship, 21st-23rd April 2017

Brighton would have confirmed the title with a point but defeat kept Newcastle alive. Second-bottom Wigan are clinging on - Blackburn are two off Birmingham, three Nottingham Forest.

Warnock - We Need Greater Threats

Manager Neil Warnock has reflected on the scoreless draw with Wigan Athletic at the weekend and admitted Cardiff City need a great threat next season.

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)

Wigan MotM
Suggested By:
Amos0%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Ecuele Manga0%
Bennett100%
Gunnarsson0%
Noone0%
Ralls0%
M Harris0%
K Harris0%
Pilkington0%
Sub-Lambert0%
Sub-Meite0%
Sub-Halford0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
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)

Apr 28 2017 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League