Cardiff City kicked off their summer transfer business by announcing the signing of Rotherham’s Will Vaulks. The Welsh international joins for a rumoured fee in the region of £3.5million.
Vaulks, who made his Wales debut in March 2019 in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago and has three caps to his name, is a central midfielder with a bullet of a long throw. Is he the perfect Aron Gunnarsson replacement?
The VFTN team give their verdict as Vaulks becomes a Bluebird.
“I’m really chuffed with this signing. Vaulks grabbed eight goals and assisted seven for a relegated Rotherham side. Cardiff need those sort of contributions from midfield, with only Victor Camarasa really contributing much last season in terms of goals and assists.
“I also like that Vaulks is a Welsh international, it’s been too long since a Cardiff player featured in a red shirt. It’ll be some step up for Vaulks from relegated Rotherham to title challengers Cardiff, but I think he can do it. He seems like a really lovely bloke and his long throw is an asset and means we can keep Sean Morrison in the box away from taking them!”
“With our midfield looking pretty bare, it was imperative for Warnock to bring in some replacements. Vaulks fits the bill perfectly, a talismanic midfielder with Rotherham last year, he contributes goals, assists, and is clearly a runner in the midfield.
“The goals and assists element is the most crucial for me. The past few seasons have shown that we like to spread goals throughout the team and having a central midfielder with ability to step-up and score is another string to our bow. In our promotion year, Hoilett and Zohore led the scoring charts with high single figures. Adding Vaulks, who could get similar, alongside goals from the aforementioned and players like Reid could be the difference next season.”
“The perfect replacement signing for Gunnarsson in my opinion, and maybe just as important, a Welsh player in the starting XI of a Cardiff City team! Something we’ve struggled to do over the last few years. Vaulks will be a strong all-round addition to the club, and at a measly £3.5 million it could turn out to be an absolute bargain. But the cynic in me would say, did he stand out at Rotherham because they were quite a poor side? Or did he of his own merit and strong performances? But also, will he add to the Cardiff curse of Welsh players not reaching their full potential? Only time will tell.”
“Will Vaulks seems like an eminently sensible signing and ticks a lot of boxes. He’s versatile enough to play anywhere through the middle of midfield, has a booming long throw and seems to be one of the good guys. I just wonder if he’s good enough.
Aron Gunnarsson has left very big boots to fill and I just haven’t seen enough of Vaulks to know whether or not he is up to the task. It may satisfy the clamour for more Welsh players, but based on his performances for Wales, I would say that the jury is still out. It feels like a return to more typical Warnock signings, which is neither a good nor bad thing, I just wonder if he will cement a regular place or be one of those that ends up drifting in and out of the side over time. A solid addition though.”
Scott is a lifelong Cardiff City fan and freelance football writer. Scott hosts the VFTN podcast.