The recipe for survival

I am sure most Cardiff fans are under no illusion and realise thatm despite the promising signings, the main aim this season is Premier League survival. A few seasons ago survival would be very hard, with most clubs being promoted soon finding themselves back in the Championship just a year later, but we can take great encouragement out of what the likes of Swansea and Southampton have achieved in recent years. So what exactly is the recipe to survive in the greatest league in world football? Malky Mackay has done some clever business buying some real good prospects, and not taking the…

The recipe for survival

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Andy

August 13th, 2013

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I am sure most Cardiff fans are under no illusion and realise thatm despite the promising signings, the main aim this season is Premier League survival.

A few seasons ago survival would be very hard, with most clubs being promoted soon finding themselves back in the Championship just a year later, but we can take great encouragement out of what the likes of Swansea and Southampton have achieved in recent years.

So what exactly is the recipe to survive in the greatest league in world football?

Malky Mackay has done some clever business buying some real good prospects, and not taking the usual ‘has been’ route that so many clubs have done in the past.

Generally the main things clubs have to look at on promotion is to be tight at the back, getting a no-nonsense enforcer and investing in a goalscorer, and I believe the manager has tried to achieve this.

Steven Caulker, an £8million signing from Tottenham Hotspur is only 21 years old but has valuable Premier League experience, and I am extremely surprised Spurs agreed to sell him.

The defender played in 18 top-flight and 6 European games last season, and is heavily tipped to be a future England international. Teaming Caulker up alongside Turner could really give us a strong central partnership and, as I stated, this will be key.

Andreas Cornelius, another estimated £8million signing but this time from FC Copenhagen is a 20 year old striker who scored 18 goals in 34 appearances last season. The striker proved in pre-season that he could be our answer to goals this season after scoring on his debut in a 4-3 win over Forest Green Rovers.

Finally we needed some core strength in the middle of the pitch and the £11million signing of former Seville defensive midfielder Gary Medel should be our answer to that. The 26 year old has proved in La Liga that he is not scared to put his foot in but his disciplinary record could be a cause for concern after he picked up eight yellow and three red cards last season.

With the season on the horizon and all the ingredients coming together, Cardiff City may have found the recipe for survival – but it won’t be easy and only time will tell.

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