UK time is: 00:23:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Chopra Showed Respect On Cardiff City Return

Former Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra returned to the CCS with new club Ipswich Town over the weekend, and managed to get himself on the scoresheet to continue his decent start to life at his new club. The ex-Newcastle United and Sunderland man has 5 goals in his 11 appearances for the Tractor Boys, including two braces against Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

It was somewhat of a surprise that Chopra departed the Bluebirds over the summer, though much of the surprise centred around the miserly transfer fee paid to us. A 1m transfer fee always seemed too small for a player of his calibre and track record, his previous fee was 5m when Roy Keane took him to the Black Cats a few years ago.

here are few opportunities to sign a proven goalscorer in the Championship for only 1m.

Crucial to the transfer was that Chopra had stagnated somewhat in South Wales, suffering with off field troubles and lacking the bounce and cutting edge that made him such a handful. Also key were the massive wages Chopra was collecting, so much that the decision to sanction his transfer was taken by Gethin Jenkins and the board - despite the new managerial replacement yet to be decided a highly unusual situation for a football club.

There was plenty of controversy towards the latter stages of Chopra`s stint with the Bluebirds, he was one of the players implicated in late night excursions shortly before the disastrous 30 defeat to Middlesbrough. Some fans were pleased to see him go, while others rightly thought it was time for a new challenge but that Ipswich had got a steal.

Fair play to Chopra, he was given a decent reception on his return and responded in kind. He acceded to chants requesting him to 'do the ayatollah` and opted against celebrating his nodded goal to give his new club the lead though that may had had something to do with the bizarre circumstances surrounding the goal!

The vast majority of City fans will wish Chopra all the best for his future, after 3 good spells with the Bluebirds. While our loss will certainly be Ipswich`s gain, hopefully he won`t be able to fire his new club above us and our replacement strikeforce of Miller, Gestede and Earnshaw can fill the void left by Chopra, Bellamy and Bothroyd.




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:Tuesday October 18 2011

Time: 9:00AM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Blackburn Game Re-arranged (Thursday January 29 2015)

No Deals For Huth & Jarvis (Thursday January 29 2015)

O'Keefe Signing Confirmed (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Jarvis Winging In? (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Another Defeat Against Derby? (Wednesday January 28 2015)

O'Keefe Set To Sign At Cardiff? (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Blackpool To Return Lewis? (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Slade Targets Stoke Defender? (Monday January 26 2015)

Le Fondre's Bolton Move Confirmed (Monday January 26 2015)

Burgstaller's Contract Cancelled (Monday January 26 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

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

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Norwich 3 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 1 - 0 Fulham
Cardiff 2 - 4 Watford
Charlton 1 - 1 Cardiff
Cardiff 2 - 3 Brentford
Bournemouth 5 - 3 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Blackburn 27 9 9 9 -1 36
11. Birmingham 27 9 9 9 -8 36
12. Forest 27 8 10 9 -2 34
13. Cardiff 26 9 7 10 -3 34
14. Fulham 27 10 4 13 -7 34
15. Huddersfield 27 9 7 11 -10 34
16. Bolton 26 9 5 12 -6 32

Breaking League News

RUFC - Ref Watch v Charlton
Rotherham : 29/01/2015 22:44:00
Liverpool Youngster Ojo Linked WIth Latics Loan
Wigan : 29/01/2015 22:34:00
RUFC - Head-to-Head v Charlton Athletic
Rotherham : 29/01/2015 22:32:00
Boro retain focus
Middlesbrough : 29/01/2015 22:26:00
Redfearn - Grounded youngster is an immense talent
Leeds Utd : 29/01/2015 21:14:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Cardiff v Derby
Suggested By:  
Cardiff win 30%
Derby win 42%
Draw 28%