We are now over half way through this 2018/19 Premier League campaign, and as you know, the second and final transfer window of the season has slammed shut. City parted with a relatively modest £28m in the summer transfer window, bringing in six new faces in total. Just how have they fared so far?
At around £11m, Murphy was City’s first signing after gaining promotion back to the Premier League. An impressive pre-season filled the Bluebirds’ fans with optimism, but he found himself on the bench for City’s opening day defeat at Bournemouth, though he did produce an encouraging cameo after coming off the bench. Murphy made his first start against Newcastle a week later, and was awarded Man Of The Match by Sky Sports’ pundits. The Englishman really has shown, on occasion, just why City paid a hefty £11m for him, with goals against Burnley, Fulham & West Ham. At just 23 years of age, he clearly has so much more to offer, and has thus far proved a fairly astute signing by Neil Warnock. 7.5/10.
It seemed as if every transfer window under Neil Warnock, this man’s name was mentioned. City finally got their man in the summer for a reported £4m. Many fans, including myself, expected Warnock to possibly hand Cunningham the starting left back spot against Bournemouth, but he decided to stick with Joe Bennett. The former Preston North End man had found himself being rotated in and out of the side by Warnock for the majority of the first half of the season, with neither Cunningham nor Bennett seemingly being able to nail down the position for themselves. In recent weeks, it seems to have been Joe Bennett who has staked the biggest claim by producing some stand out performances. For the price, a fairly good signing. Still feel that there is more to come from the Irishman in a City shirt. 6/10.
This one came completely out of the blue. The Spaniard, relatively unknown to most City fans, joined on deadline day in a loan deal from Real Betis. From the offset, Camarasa’s quality and composure on the ball was clear to see. He made his mark when he netted City’s first Premier League goal of the season at home to Arsenal. Producing top drawer performances week in, week out, the Betis loanee’s biggest moment so far came away at Leicester, with the central midfielder beautifully curling a 25-yard screamer into the top corner, to give City their first away win this season. With the level of quality shown his performances, The Bluebirds know that they will have to stay up to have any chance of signing this man permanently, with his price tag seemingly shooting up by the week. 9/10.
After netting an impressive 19 Championship goals and grabbing 7 assists in the 2017/18 season, Neil Warnock snapped Reid up from rivals Bristol City for a reported £10m fee. After a tough start, Reid got his first goal in Cardiff colours in a 4-2 win over Fulham in October, but he wouldn’t score again until December. Up until the last few weeks, the former Bristol man had struggled for minutes under Warnock, but now it seems Reid has earned the trust of his gaffer. A good performance away at Arsenal was followed up by the 26-year-old grabbing both goals in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. A game in which he added an extra dimension to the Cardiff side, that they really had been crying out for. Reid clearly has the quality to play at this level, and when utilised properly, is a real asset. 7.5/10.
Signed as a back-up to Neil Etheridge from QPR for a reported £3.5m fee, the majority of City fans were pleased with this signing. From the off, it was going to be a task for Smithies to budge Etheridge out of the side, as the Filipino international remarkably made two penalty saves in the opening two games of the season. The former QPR man-made his debut for City in a 1-3 loss at home to Norwich City in the Carabao Cup. Smithies’ second game came in January, away at Gillingham in the FA Cup 3rd round. It was not a game to remember for the 28-year-old, as he conceded a pretty preventable goal on his part, which proved to be the only goal of the game. Not seen much of him at all, but what we have seen hasn’t been the best. 5/10.
Another deadline day signing, this time from Bournemouth. Arter was a name on many City fans’ lips throughout the window, and the 29-year-old finally joined with little time to spare. From his debut against Newcastle, he looked a perfect fit. If you looked up the definition of a Cardiff City, and Neil Warnock type player, you’d be sure to find a picture of Harry Arter. His relentless running and all round tenacity, paired with his much-needed experience at the top-level, makes him an absolutely superb bit of transfer business from Warnock and Cardiff. Another who City will be desperate to keep a hold of, should they stay up. 9/10.
Overall, you have to say that the 2018 summer transfer window was a success. Even more so when you look at the likes of Fulham, who spent just over £100m on new arrivals, yet currently sit eight points below City. A testament to the board, Neil Warnock & his staff.
Written by @NotOfficialCCFC