Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff: Hasselbaink Failing To Fire

Cardiff: Hasselbaink Failing To Fire

Cardiff City striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has undoubtedly been the veteran close season signing with the biggest impact on the side.


However, that is unsuprising given the amount of time spent on the sidelines by Trevor Sinclair (knee) and Robbie Fowler (hip). Hasselbaink has remained injury-free, despite being the oldest of the three at 35 years old.


However, Hasselbaink's recent form has been a cause for concern amongst the Cardiff faithful and there are lingering doubts over his fitness and impact. The recent game against Plymouth Argyle was a prime example. When in possession, Hasselbaink looked strong and dangerous. The problem being that those occasions were far too few and far between.


JFH simply couldn't get on the ball and mobility is a real issue for the Cardiff City striker severely restricting his impression on the game. There was no pace, and the normally faultless first touch was heavy and possession was lost.


There's little happening in the air for Hasselbaink and while the brain is still funticioning sharply, the physique is not quite there to back it up. Hasselbaink is a proven goalscorer in the Premiership but has strugggled to find his scoring touch at this level.


His last goal against Colchester United was a great team effort, well finished off but Jimmy also missed another sitter in that game. That one goal is a solitary goal in the last 13 league appearances for Hasselbaink, thats 4 for the season and Steve Thompson may be wondering why he got so much stick last year for a similar scoring record.



Hasselbaink has been rested on occasions lately, and was an unused substitute for the 3-1 FA Cup win over Chasetown. That means a full 10 days break for the veteran ahead of the weekend clash with Sheffield Wednesday. He must come back sharper and more involved if he is to keep Thompson on the bench while a less patient manager than Jones would have dropped both Hasselbaink and MacLean for recent ineffectual displays.



Hopefully a rest is all it takes and we will see a newly refreshed Hasselbaink back to his menacing best. The team has been winning even with an out-of-sorts Jimmy but we need to see that spark of ingenuity and hopefully a goal or two.


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Wednesday January 9 2008
Time: 11:00AM

Comments

0
Sad to see JFH so out of touch. How can his fitness levels be made higher because we all want to see Jimmy back firing on all cylinders
westonal
09/01/2008 19:51:00
0
He may well benefit from playing alongside Thompson to do the 'donkey work'. Hopefully we'll some of those Jimmy piledrivers hit the net
bluebirdshroom
09/01/2008 23:06:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

3 Points For Cardiff To Play For (30/4/16)

Cardiff City have only 3 points left to play for, but this year's battle for Championship promotion is over.

Stats: Sheff W v Cardiff

All the stats from Sheff W (3) vs (0) Cardiff, Hillsborough, 30/4/16 Att: 31,843

Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff - Team Sheets

Sheffield Wednesday are at Hillsborough with Cardiff City the visitors today, this is a 3pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Cardiff - Premier League Free Transfers 2015/16

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should Cardiff be interested in any of the following free transfers?

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sheff W MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Marshall0%
Peltier0%
Morrison0%
Connolly0%
Malone0%
Noone0%
O'Keefe0%
Dikgacoi0%
Whittingham0%
Pilkington0%
Zohore0%
Sub - Ameobi0%
Sub - Ecuele Manga0%
Sub - Harris0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
2 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship