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2022/2023

Cardiff City

In


Ollie Tanner (att) Lewes; Andy Rinomhota (mid) Reading; Mahlon Romeo (def) Millwall; Sheyi Ojo (att) Liverpool; Callum O'Dowda (mid) Bristol City; Jamilu Collins (def) SC Paderborn; Romaine Sawyers (mid) West Bromwich Albion; Ryan Allsop (gk) Derby County; Jak Alnwick (gk) St Mirren; Vontae Daley-Campbell (def) Leicester City; Ebou Adams (mid) Forest Green Rovers; Cedric Kipre (def) West Bromwich Albion;

Out


Will Vaulks (mid) (r) Sheffield Wednesday; Aden Flint (def) (r) Stoke City; Marlon Pack (mid) (r) Portsmouth; James Collins (att) (sp) Derby County; Ciaron Brown (def) (sp) Oxford United; Sam Bowen (mid) (sp) Newport County; Kieron Evans (mid) Torquay United - loan; Leandro Bacuna (mid) (sp) Released; Alex Smithies (gk) (r) Released; Isaac Vassell (att) (sp) Released; Cody Drameh (def) (r) Leeds United - end of loan; Tommy Doyle (mid) (r) Manchester City - end of loan; Jordan Hugill (att) (r) Norwich City - end of loan; Uche Ikpeazu (att) (sp) Middlesbrough - end of loan; Alfie Doughty (mid) (sp) Stoke City - end of loan;

Cardiff endured a miserable time for much of last season but still comfortably avoided relegation. Mick McCarthy was sacked and replaced by Steve Morison, initially on a temporary basis, before being awarded the job permanently following an impressive turnaround in results. Cardiff showed brief spells of positivity in the second half of the season under Morison. After being restricted to what he could do midway through a season, Morison has overseen the task of trying to implement a new passing style at Cardiff, moving away from the over-reliance on defending and set pieces. A huge revamp of the squad has taken place in order to implement the changes, with a huge focus being on refreshing the team with a younger look and one that is more comfortable in possession and can provide some flair. Much of the job is complete after securing transfer targets early, for little to no cost. The revamp is a breath of fresh air at Cardiff and there is excitement within the fanbase as many players from lower divisions, as well as the academy, are being handed opportunities. However, the lack of experience within the squad, and the sheer number of changes within the playing staff could make it a slow start for the Bluebirds whilst the players gel with their new teammates.

Target


A comfortable mid-table finish this time around with some more entertaining football on display, during a season of transition amidst the changes in style and personnel.

Season Review
2020/2021

№8: Cardiff City

Cardiff endured an up-and-down season. After finishing 5th in 2019/20, the Bluebirds were tipped to repeat that feat or even go one step further and reach for the automatic promotion places. The reality was, Neil Harris' side never lived up to the lofty expectations set for them in pre-season and it took its toll. Harris eventually lost his job in January, with City sat in 15th place and the bleak prospect of potentially being dragged into a relegation battle. Cardiff reacted quickly and appointed veteran Mick McCarthy, which left many scratching their heads on how he would improve the squad with what many believed would be outdated tactics. The Irishman came in and saw his new side go 11 unbeaten in his first 11 games, including a run of 6 consecutive wins. Quite a remarkable turnaround, despite falling short of an unthinkable play-off spot in the final month. In a season of many negatives, a huge positive was the consistent performances of summer signing Kieffer Moore. The Welshman scored an impressive 20 goals in his first season with the club, and will no doubt kick on next season as the talent is undoubtedly there if Cardiff can build around him. A big problem for Cardiff was their home form. City won just 8 of their 23 home games which is simply not good enough for a side aiming for promotion. This must be addressed by McCarthy next season and maybe with the fans back, Cardiff's home form will improve. Despite falling short this season, Cardiff have the building blocks (and manager) to mount a serious push for promotion in 2020/21.


Player of the Season: Kieffer Moore

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