MASTER NEIL IS IN NEED OF BIG BACKING
NEIL Warnock reckons Cardiff will need “six or seven” signings to compete in the Premier League. A cynic might suggest he is about 13 or 14 short.
On paper, the Bluebirds are arguably the weakest team promoted to the top flight since Blackpool in 2010.
Even Warnock knows it. Speaking to the 69year-old last week, I started a question with ‘Looking at your squad, Neil…’
“I know what you’re going to say,” he chuckled. “And you’re right. We shouldn’t be up there. Not in a million years.”
Look at it this way. If Cardiff hadn’t won promotion, would a Premier League side want to sign any of their players? Certainly not.
Imagine, too, that the managers of Aston Villa, Fulham, Derby, and Middlesbrough were offered their pick of the Bluebirds’ squad for the play-offs. Who would be selected?
Sol Bamba, perhaps. Junior Hoilett at a push. Yet Kenneth Zohore, widely regarded as Cardiff’s best player, would struggle to dislodge the likes of Matej Vydra, Aleksandar Mitrovic or Patrick Bamford.
That is why Warnock is the undisputed manager of the year, and why his achievement is the Championship equivalent of Leicester winning the Premier League.
It is also why major funds – and far more than seven players – are required if Cardiff are to avoid emulating Derby as the worst club the top flight has seen.
SOLID: Sol Bamba