Thursday, 19 May 2016

More cost cutting at CCS....

During the Malky Mackay and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer eras, Cardiff City FC spent a vast amount on buying new players.  Bankrolled by owner Vincent Tan the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and the highly unsuccessful Andreas Cornelius all arrived during the clubs single season in the Premier League in 2013-14.  One of the strangest arrivals the season prior to that however was Etien Velikonja (pictured left).

Incredibly Velikonja signed a four year deal with the club but has rarely played first team football for us.  Rumours of him being a "Vincent Tan" signing during the Mackay era could be plausible as he has spent most of the last few seasons on loan to clubs in Europe.  Last season he scored 21 goals in 23 appearances for FC Lierse and with his contract due to expire this summer it would be a big surprise if the club retain his services.

Following the appointment of new Head Coach Paul Trollope yesterday, the club is due to announce its retained list next week.  Fringe players such as Filip Kiss, Ben Turner and Velikonja are likely to be released when their contracts expire in July.  Other players such as Eoin Doyle, Adam Le Fondre and Tom Adeyemi could be sold or loaned out again and the likes of Bruno Ecuele Manga and David Marshall are sure to attract attention from a host of Premier League clubs.  Cost cutting has been promised again this season as City look to balance the books and attempt to become more profitable. It is likely that more players will have to leave to free up the resources to bring in the new players that Paul Trollope wants to add to the squad.  There is also the possibility that we may see more players come through the ranks from the youth academy system.  Over the years this system has given us the likes of Aaron Ramsay, Joe Ledley, Robert Earnshaw and James Collins who have all gone on to play at the highest level for both club and country.  Hopefully we can add the likes of Declan John, Deji Oshilaja and Tommy O'Sullivan to that list this year.

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