The Summer transfer window slammed shut on Thursday evening and it was a busier day than many Cardiff fans anticipated.
The big news, which broke on Wednesday, was that Bobby Decordova-Reid, who many Cardiff fans had earmarked as Cardiff’s star man this season, would be leaving the club. Bristol City were linked, but it was a move to Fulham that materialised and was secured before the deadline.
Incoming on deadline day was Isaac Vassell, the striker joining from Birmingham City for a rumoured £3million, and Marlon Pack, who joined from rivals Bristol City (yes! Another one!) for £750k.
But what does Team VFTN make of the transfer window as a whole? The team give their views in the VFTN Verdict: The Summer Transfer Window.
Well, that all got a lot more interesting than we perhaps expected! Bobby Reid was expected to be Cardiff’s star man by fans – and perhaps the club – but it seems like he didn’t agree. A move to Fulham hurts because we’re strengthening a promotion rival, but all in all I don’t think it’s the end of the world that he’s leaving. He never quite suited Warnock’s Championship system, and with the acquisition of Marlon Pack, the spine of the side looks strong with big players that suit Warnock’s style of play.
All in all, I think we’ve had a solid transfer window. Once the dust settles on the Reid deal and people see the new signings in action, people will feel a lot better. I like the look of Glatzel and, while it’s impossible to know how he will adapt to life in the Championship, he looks like the perfect Warnock striker.
I like the acquisition of Pack, particularly for that price. Don’t expect anything spectacular, but he’s a leader and will be an important player in front of that back four. Will Vaulks too is a great signing in my opinion, and I can’t wait to see the Welsh international settled and showing the form at Rotherham in a Cardiff shirt.
And then there’s the unknowns. Who knows what we’ll get from Isaac Vassell, Gavin Whyte and Curtis Nelson? All are making the step up to Cardiff but are exciting players that can have a big impact over the season should they find their feet.
The squad is strong and, most importantly, suited to life under Neil Warnock. 8/10.
The Reid transfer obviously takes the edge off what would otherwise be seen as a pretty good transfer window. I don’t think the club were planning to sell Bobby but this is football and things change late on. If he wanted out and the club could get serious cash for him then it made sense. He always felt like a square peg in a round hole and perhaps the Wigan game was the last straw for Warnock.
Elsewhere, a final day flurry saw Isaac Vassell come in up top – our second striker. And a new midfielder from Bristol. Vassell looks like a presence up top and should challenge Glatzel, Bogle, Ward, and mean that we have genuine options up front. I was surprised we got Marlon Pack for so cheap – he missed 40-odd minutes of football for Bristol City last year and is exactly the midfielder we needed. A bit of a screen and someone who is going to do the simple things well.
Alongside him, there’s Will Vaulks to come in. He was the one player that, universally, we all seemed to want. A bustling midfielder who can score and create, I’m excited to see what he can bring to the table. Same with Glatzel who looks the real deal up top. The fact we got 8m for Zohore (who was roundly hated) and got Glatzel for 5.5m is good business by Warnock on the face of it.
We’ve also signed some good squad players – Nelson and Day as well as Gavin Whyte. Whyte looks a real steal and Oxford fans were gutted he went. The only criticism I can really have is that we haven’t explored the loan market to the extent that other clubs have. A couple of loanees to bulk out the squad and give us a bit more bite would have been good but overall? I’m happy. 8/10
Cardiff City have largely replaced those players that contributed to a strong spine (in Championship terms) by recruiting Pack, Vaulks and Glatzel to replace Gunnars, Arter and Zohore. The slightly ponderous pairing that is the central defence is a cause for concern and whilst I respect both Flint and Morrison very much, neither of them are at Manga’s level.
I’m normally one for optimism and despite the significant loss of Bobby Reid; someone I thought would be our real marquee player at this level and a lynchpin for a promotion push, I see no reason to be overly pessimistic about what was in the main, a successful recruitment campaign. Cardiff have neither broken the bank or pinched the pennies, they’ve pretty much broken even and fulfilled almost every requirement listed in May post-relegation.
Many Championship sides would be delighted to have players such as Etheridge, Bennett, Vaulks, Murphy, Hoilett, Mendez Laing and even Vassell in their ranks. I can already see Warnock rolling up his sleeves and telling the lads to dig in and get ready for a battle; I’m confident that come-May this squad can hold claim to a top 6 position and we couldn’t really ask for much more. 7/10
Nothing is ever straight forward for us here at Cardiff is it? Then again that’s why we love the club, they definitely keep us on our toes!
Yes Bobby-Reid is a massive loss , but after having time to reflect on his departure, it was the right thing to do. He clearly didn’t want to stay, and probably wasn’t going to be used as much as he or the fans would have wanted. Selling Reid and Zohore to promotion rivals makes me less happy , but the money we will recuperate from those sales will be a big positive for the club.
Elsewhere, I think we’ve done well to pack out the squad again after losing our midfield trio, big Bruno and the two forwards. The signings of Vaulks and Glatzel excite me, and Joe Day will have a big contribution to make over the coming weeks, with Etheridge out. So too will the Oxford lads Nelson and Whyte, and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what the latter has to offer, with Oxford fans gutted to see him go.
Then we come to the two who have made the short Journey over the Severn Bridge (refuse to call it by its newest name) Aden Flint and Marlon Pack. These two will slot right into the starting XI and are stereotypical Warnock signings. Pack will bring that tenacity back into midfield that we seemed to miss against Wigan, and probably have done since Gunnars left, meanwhile Flint is certainly a danger from set pieces, which could be our most important part of the game this season.
Overall it was another solid transfer window for Cardiff, the club were smart and efficient, and brought in players who suit Warnock’s style perfectly, instead of bringing in another -dare I say it- Bobby Reid figure who – although we would have loved to keep – just wouldn’t have slotted into the system, and this new batch of Warnock Warriors will hopefully see us finish in the top 6 at least. 8/10