Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Is Liam Lawrence The Answer For Cardiff City ?!?

Is Liam Lawrence The Answer For Cardiff City ?!?

Cardiff City are considering bringing former loan player Liam Lawrence back to the club next season after a useful loan spell whereby Irishman Lawrence became an important player in making 13 appearances at the back end of last season.

The player has confirmed that CCFC are interested, and he would be open to a switch to the Bluebirds. malky Mackay has intimated that Lawrence is certainly a target, but is also not looking to tie up a deal imminently.

After leaving cash-strapped Portsmouth, Lawrence looked an experienced and high quality acquisition by Mackay. However, he arrived with a slight calf niggle and struggled somewhat with match sharpness. Whilst he work-rate was unquestionable, his passing was off and he took time to get used to the lopsided formation City had adopted.

The former Mansfield town man did improve, and was a tidy and assured presence in midfield, though he certainly looked more comfortable wide on the right rather than in the 'tuck-in` role we required. The most important attribute Lawrence brought was leadership and an ability to drive his team-mates forward. As a team, City lacked a cutting edge, and often all our passing was done in areas where we couldn`t hurt opponents. Lawrence, of all our midfield, recognised this and tried to inject a forward impetus and driving force into our attacks.

At 30, Lawrence is certainly capable of contributing in the Championship, but questions remain over whether he is the right person to bolster our midfield options. Don Cowie is also a very tidy passer, with a fantastic engine - while the likes of Whittingham, Gunnarsson and Kiss are now joined by exciting young prospect Jordon Mutch competing for midfield places with youngster Joe Ralls also looking to compete. Stephen McPhail will also contribute as determined by fitness - but when available, he is a very good player and a favourite of Mackay`s.

Malky Mackay also looks certain to utilise pace and width better next season with Craig Conway, Kadeem Harris and another winger likely to join shortly.

While Lawrence would add depth, experience and a calming influence in midfield - we as a team lack the flair, pace and creativity to change games in an instant. We often struggled when teams nullified Whittingham`s threat so alternative options to make chances must be a priority.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Wednesday July 4 2012
Time: 10:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Charlton 0 Cardiff 0 - Highlights

Cardiff drew with Charlton in the Championship on Saturday.

Stats: Charlton Athletic v Cardiff

All the stats from Charlton Athletic (0) vs (0) Cardiff, The Valley, 13/2/16 Att: 16,755

Teamsheets - Charlton v Cardiff

Cardiff go to the Valley as the visitors to Charlton for the latest league match. This is a 3pm kick-off and the line ups have been confirmed.

Slade Wants To Stay + Tan On Ugly Men

With Vincent Tan's recent Q&A session, behind the scenes meeting and support from the board - Russell Slade has now confirmed he'd like to stay at the club past the summer.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Charlton MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Marshall0%
Fabio0%
Ecuele Manga0%
Connolly0%
Malone0%
Ameobi0%
O'Keefe0%
Ralls0%
Whittingham0%
Pilkington0%
Lawrence100%
Sub - Peltier0%
Sub - Macheda0%
Sub - Gunnarsson0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Hull City 30 18 5 7 59 28
2 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
3 Burnley 31 15 11 5 56 22
4 Brighton 30 15 11 4 56 10
5 Sheff Wed 31 14 11 6 53 16
6 Derby County 31 13 12 6 51 13
7 Birmingham 31 13 9 9 48 8
8 Ipswich 31 13 9 9 48 1
9 Cardiff 31 11 13 7 46 5
10 Forest 31 10 12 9 42 4
11 Preston 31 10 12 9 42 0
12 Wolves 31 10 10 11 40 -2
13 Brentford 31 11 7 13 40 -6
14 Q.P.R. 31 9 12 10 39 -1
15 Reading 31 9 10 12 37 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 31 9 8 14 35 -2
18 Fulham 30 7 11 12 32 -3
19 Blackburn 29 6 13 10 31 -2
20 MK Dons 31 8 7 16 31 -17
21 Bristol City 31 7 10 14 31 -21
22 Rotherham 31 7 5 19 26 -19
23 Charlton 31 5 10 16 25 -30
24 Bolton 31 4 12 15 24 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 20 2016 12:30PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 12:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.westonal1