Gary Madine will soon return to Cardiff, but will it be with a role to play or a sale to be made? Would you reintergrate or recycle?
Stay now – Paul Gronow
On the 31st January 2018, something momentous happened; the transfer window closed and the next time it opened Cardiff City were a Premier League side. In other news, Gary Madine signed for an “undisclosed fee,” which was roundly reported to be £6m. A significant outlay for any Championship team.
Madine was written off by many from the moment he was linked with the Bluebirds, as the customary videos did the rounds on twitter. Many of them showed him missing open goals or other such larks for his then-side Bolton Wanderers. The fact that most Bolton supporters were disappointed to see him leave wasn’t of concern to the baying, Bluebird masses.
I was one of the lone voices calling for calm. “Give the boy a chance” became my motto, as his cult status grew even as the goals didn’t flow. It would be fair to say that for a striker, he failed to hit the ground running and the missed penalty in the dying seconds at home to Wolves seemed to seal his fate.
Roll the clock forward one year and Madine’s achieved his third consecutive promotion, having had a successful loan spell at Sheffield United. Admittedly, he wants to stay in the steel city, but regardless, he’s still contracted to Cardiff.
With the exception of Bobby Reid, you’d be hard pressed to argue that any one Cardiff striker has had a better season than Madine. He’s scored plenty of goals in the Championship and has a jawline to die for.
It’s time for a second shot at the title. He can score goals given the service and has the experience to support a promotion push. Kenneth Zohore has certainly not showed he is the better prospect in the last 12 months, so why the hell not give the guy a shot?
No future – Scott Johnson
Gary Madine was a bad signing and that was not Gary Madine’s fault. Why sign a target man when you don’t target, man? He was doomed to fail and that was not his fault.
‘Goal Machine’ Madine did OK at Sheffield United, as you would expect because they bombard the box with crosses. Cardiff do not. He certainly has a cultured chest too, but Callum Paterson runs around like a dog chasing a sausage, and there are always plenty of sausages. Madine is a vegan, at least in footballing terms.
Playing up front for Cardiff is a thankless task and you need to be a jack of all trades to make a go of it. You need to be big, powerful, quick and keen as mustard, or at least three out of those four. If you don’t do your bit, the whole tower comes tumbling down.
When Madine played for Cardiff, he would caress the ball beautifully on his chest, take it down, look around and find oceans of nothing, near the touchline and thirty yards from goal. Not exactly playing to his strengths and expecting him to make sugar from shit. Alternatively, make him work the channels and watch him shoot you a filthy look.
Madine was a bad fit when he arrived and that remains the case because little has changed. Cardiff paid way over the odds because they made clear he was their only target. It was a repeat of their Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pursuit and they soon discovered that both would prove a disaster. Warnock remains a fan, at least in public, but if they can recoup a fair chunk of their investment, I think they should and will.