Cardiff City FanZoner Ivor Castle urges Malky Mackay to spend wisely in the transfer market despite the failure so far to attract new talent.
For Cardiff, the realities of being a newly-promoted team in the Premier League are striking home. Just as I said in my last article, Malky Mackay is finding it hard to spend his £25million war chest effectively.
The Cardiff manager has identified some class, high-level players but getting them into the Cardiff City Stadium is not proving easy. First of all teams like Swansea or Southampton are likely to match or better any Cardiff bid and the player is always going to accept favourable terms at the more established club.
Perhaps Mackay can snare the players he wants with lucrative contracts that outweigh the others on offer but you surely run the risk of signing only money-grabbers. What do you do if you fail to survive the first year and are relegated? Now you can't offload the players because of their excessive salary level. This has proven a huge weight around the neck of relegated teams in the past and QPR right now. Surely not a risk Cardiff will take.
The Bluebirds must split their £25million between probably four or five new signings. Other established clubs outside the promoted trio of Cardiff, Hull and Crystal Palace, hunting the same players, may have less total money to spend but can spend it on a lesser number of players.
This means an outlay of say £10million on a Victor Wanyama doesn't leave much left when you consider rumours of £12-15million bid being tabled for French striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon. Of course Cardiff face the same issues trying to nab Gomis. For that reason it is unlikely Mackay can pull off either one never mind both these deals.
According to European sources the Bluebirds recently bid for Son Heung-Min, the South Korean international team-mate of Kim Bo-Kyung. Naturally the player chose Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and Champions League football
Cardiff will probably need to wait until the transfer window is about to close before knowing who they can attract from near the top of their wanted list, if anyone. I would expect some earlier lower profile signings from N-Power league teams where Mackay has been willing to make a splash previously. Not a Tom Ince who looks likely to cost a lot more than expected but perhaps his team-mate Matty Phillips.
I hope Mackay's powers of persuasion are good enough to land at least a couple of top signings. I also hope he can persuade someone like a Dirk Kuyt to join up, or one or two other experienced players who might be past their best but still good enough to contribute.
Spending £25million seems like an easy task and so it will be, if you don't care who you sign. Mackay has continued to maintain he will not pay over the odds for players. He is about to have his resolve severely tested. Supporters will begin to get edgy and frustrated if new signings are not forthcoming soon.
Even City captain Mark Hudson seems to be preparing for the worst as he talks about the current squad being good enough as it is. Hudson's confidence is admirable but once the dust settles on the first six to 10 games of the season I hope he is feeling just as confident - new signings or not.
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