What Could Go Wrong? Cardiff City 18/19 Season Preview

Newly promoted Cardiff City finished second in the Championship last season. Their lack of perennial talent and expenditures in the transfer market could doom the Bluebirds’ return to the top flight.

Who’s In?

  • Josh Murphy — 23 — Left Winger — Norwich — $11.8M
  • Bobby Reid — 25 — Attacking Midfielder — Bristol City — $11.8M
  • Alex Smithies — 28 — Goalkeeper — QPR — $4.2M
  • Greg Cunningham — 27 — Leftback — Preston — $4.2M
  • Harry Arter — 28 — Central Midfielder — Bournemouth — Loan
  • Victor Camarasa — 24 — Central Midfield — Real Betis — Loan

Who’s Out?

  • Ben Wilson — 25 — Goalkeeper — Bradford City — Free
  • Lee Camp — 33 — Goalkeeper — Birmingham — Free
  • Matty Kennedy — 23 — Right Winger — St. Johnstone — Free
  • Omar Bogle — 26 — Center Forward — Birmingham — Loan

European Chances


When Will Your Manager Be Fired


Neil Warnock has won a record eight promotions in the English football league. Most recently, he took Cardiff up in May with a second place finish in the Championship. The last time Warnock led a club to the Premier League was with Queens Park Rangers in 2011. He was sacked that January. After a spell in the Championship with Leeds, he was brought to Crystal Palace, in the Premier League, in August 2014. He lasted four months.

Overall, Warnock is 0-for-4 in England’s top division during his previous stints. He’s been fired twice and relegated twice, proving some things never change.

Cardiff’s lack of business in the summer transfer window has set the Bluebirds on a path toward relegation. They signed six players, but only one is coming from a Premier League side — Harry Arter on loan from Bournemouth.

The 28-year-old midfielder has only scored three goals in 69 appearances over the last three seasons. Arter was integral for the Cherries in their promotion season in 2014-15, but his lack of production in the Premier League has proved the level is beyond his talent. It would be a shock to see him have a huge impact for Cardiff.

Guys like Arter, and the four other new signees from the Championship, won’t help Warnock keep his job for long. It would be a surprise to see Warnock, and Cardiff for that matter, on their way out of the league in December.

Which Player Will A Bigger Club Poach?


Unknown to Household


Josh Murphy has been a noted England youth player since his time on England U19s in 2012. The winger arrived from Norwich this summer to provide some spark to a doomed Cardiff team.

Norwich was a mid-table Championship squad last season and saw Murphy in the lineup for 41 games. He was up and down all season and his overall statistics aren’t anything to write home about. However, after being subbed off consistently throughout his appearances, in the last 10 games, Murphy played the full 90 and popped up with two games where he registered a goal and an assist. And it wasn’t against Barnsley and Birmingham. Murphy stood out against Championship play-off final participant Aston Villa and feisty, fellow mid-tabler Leeds.

Murphy scored 11 goals in 47 competitions last season with nine of the goals coming from the left wing. He has the capacity to play all three attacking positions for Cardiff, which will make him a valuable asset who should be in the lineup all season.

Relegation Odds

4/6 – The favorites to get relegated this season.

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