Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Friday, January 14.
Sunderland ‘eager to star Cardiff’
Sunderland are weighing in on a move for Cardiff City defender Aidan Flint, according to football league world,
The 32-year-old centre-back has been a regular in the Bluebirds’ starting XI this season, coming back from his loan at Sheffield a year ago on Wednesday, and has impressed ever since.
However, at the end of the season the player’s contract expires and there is little coming from the club to extend his – or any other player’s – deal.
With Sunderland expected to return to the championship, former Bristol City boss Lee Johnson of Flint is keen to sign the player.
The Black Cats, who are second in League One, look to bring them over the line this season after some experience and Flint’s name has been thrown into the mix.
Flint has scored four goals and played 24 games in all competitions for the Bluebirds in this period.
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Mills Verdict On Kodi Drama
Former Leeds United player Danny Mills has claimed that Marcelo Bielsa does not “like” Cody Drameh for the first team.
Drammeh joined Cardiff City on loan this week, a signing that has inspired much enthusiasm in South Wales.
The 20-year-old will add some momentum and energy to that right side and it is a signing that Cardiff is particularly excited about.
Cardiff has battled many clubs in the UK and abroad for the signing of Drameh, something Steve Morrison calls for great contacts and an excellent presentation to Leeds owners.
However, former England defender Mills, who turned out 141 times for land Road club, believes the drama has to show Bilsa what he has been missing by impressing during his loan stint with the Bluebirds.
“It says to me that Bielsa doesn’t rate him well enough to play in the first team,” Mills explained. Football Insider,
“He didn’t want Charlie Creswell to go on loan and walk out because he felt he could benefit from having the team and training around and that’s probably going to be part of his plans.
“It is the same with other players. If you are ready to let players with all the injuries go to this level, that is my guess, but for the first team Bielsa does not like him. ”
Mowbre wary of Cardiff’s two ‘enormous threats’
Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbre has seen a change in Cardiff since Morrison took over, but believes Sean Morrison and Flint still post “enormous threats” from set pieces.
Cardiff has changed little in style, but Morrison can only do so much with the personnel he has.
They will still have to rely on the qualities that are in their squad and there is no doubt that Morrison and Flint are the best in the division in terms of defending and attacking set pieces.
And Mowbray, whose side are third in the Championship table before the trip to South Wales, knows that if Morrison and Flint are both allowed to start against Rovers at lunchtime on Saturday, their side will have to up their game. Will have to stay in
Asked if he has seen a change in the Bluebirds under Morrison, Mowbre said: “Little bit, he has brought in some young players, some young attacking strikers.
“I think he still has a strong backline in the opposition box, Morrison and Flint can be a big threat to any team.
“They try and play a little bit more from behind, they play through midfield.
“I look at their players and their mindset, they have some big, strong men in their team and we have to stand in front of them and try to step up our game.”
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Burnley eyed another Target man instead of Chris Wood
Reading are interested in signing striker Andy Carroll as direct replacement for Chris Wood, according to Burnley daily mail,
Wood moved to Newcastle this week, leading many to believe the Clarets would be knocking for Moore. Indeed, reports on Thursday suggested that this could be the case.
However, it appears he has turned his attention to striker Carroll, 33, whose contract at Reading expires this month. The former England frontman has one goal in seven matches for the Royals.
Carroll took a short-term contract until January at a reported £1,000 a week to provide for his fitness and now Sean Dysh is said to be interested in taking the player on a free transfer this month.
While, so far, there has been no tangible interest in Moore from Cardiff’s point of view, any potential movers eyeing other goals would be welcome news to City’s supporters, no doubt.
“It’s just something that remains in the press, because until someone gives us an actual phone call, it seems like a pointless conversation,” Morrison said of the speculation surrounding Moore.
“We keep having the same conversation and nothing ever changes. As far as I’m concerned, Kiefer hasn’t knocked on my door or an agent called me or the board.
“Chris Wood signs for Newcastle and everyone will be telling me he is going to Burnley tomorrow.
“Someone puts it on social media and it causes an unnecessary storm.”
Wilder provides East Cardiff goal
Former Bluebirds target Uche Ikpeazu has been made available on loan or permanent transfer by Middlesbrough this month.
Cardiff was thought to be looking at the big striker over the summer before former Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock took him to Teesside.
Now, however, with Chris Wilder in place, it looks like there is no place in the side for Ikpezu, a player whom Sean Morrison was disappointed City had not signed, according to Warnock.
Admittedly, Cardiff is in the market for forward players this month and the debt market is certainly where they will operate.
Whether they will rekindle the summer interest, given that Morrison appears to move away from the style implemented by Mick McCarthy, remains to be seen. However, Wilder has made the option available.
Wilder said: “I’ve always said there will be outs and there are some players who have been made available.
“The Big Uche has been made available for loan or permanent transfer.
“He has a fantastic personality and I think he would be better suited to other styles and systems. But I have been open and honest with the way we want to play, his play-time is going to be very short.
“So in terms of balancing the books, we’ve made that available.”
Smithies: Ratcliffe ‘needs to play’
Cardiff’s Alex Smithies believes young George Ratcliffe is reaching the point in his career when he needs to start playing first-team games.
The 21-year-old is yet to make his debut in the team but is a full member of the senior team.
With two top stoppers in front of them at Smithies and Dillon Phillips, chances are few and far between. However, with Smithies contracting out in the summer, the Wales Under-21 keeper could get his shot at the next stint.
“For George, he is getting to the level where he has to play the game, step up when he gets the chance,” Smith said.
“He’s working hard with me and Dylan, which I think is helping him along in his development as a young player with potential.”
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Blackburn, City’s first-choice stomper said: “There has been some positivity in recent games, but we are in a tough phase with Bournemouth, West Brom and Blackburn. It doesn’t get much more than that. Difficult.
“We are now focused on getting the most out of every game. This is going to be a tough second half of the season, the first half is not what we wanted.
“We are up against some of the top players in this division, and we have to try to come out on top in these battles as often as possible. Certainly easier said than done, so it’s a big deal to get results It will be a team effort.”
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