Cardiff City Squad Review: Chopra
After an up-and-down season, Cardiff City finished comforably mid-table. A scintillating start was followed by a dismal end and the same players looked half as effective as previously.
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8 - MICHAEL CHOPRA
Surely one of the bargains of the season. Michael Chopra immensely enjoyed his first full season and excelled for the Bluebirds. Cardiff got the Geordie for a knock-down price (about £400k) and he has now signed a new contract guaranteeing £3.5m for Cardiff if he leaves. Chopra has showed electric pace and a killer instinct this season and forged a good understanding with Stephen McPhail and Steve Thompson.
A sublime hat-trick against Leicester was the high-light of the season as he finished amongst the top scorers in the division. He picked up a needless red card after the final whistle against QPR, ending his season prematurely and leaving him stranded on 22 league goals.
Some classy assists and brilliant free-kicks signalled an impressive all-round game and although he has been prolific - Chopra has also missed a hatful of chances. He endured a particularly lean spell (1 goal in 14 games) between November and January and looked out of touch. However he soon refound his form but found himself frustrated by a lack of quality service and had to come deeper and deeper to receive the ball.
It has been a terrific first full season for Chopra, he has to work on his finishing and improve his temperament after picking up 2 reds and 9 yellow cards over the season. Nevertheless he has established himself as a firm favourite at Ninian Park with favourable comparisons to Robert Earnshaw and his own Chopraaaaa song.
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