Hold, sell, lend – every Cardiff City player’s transfer status ahead of a huge summer for Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy will have his first full transfer window in charge of Cardiff City this summer.
While the squad has changed tremendously since leaving the Premier League, with a new manager comes new ideas and it’s likely he will want to make some additions to fit his vision for the future.
For that to happen, however, will require making room for both the playing team and the budget.
Here we take a look at each member of the Cardiff City senior squad and apply the rule as to whether they should stay or go …
Dillon phillips – Has emerged as a premier goalie now and looks to have been a nifty acquisition last summer. Keeping Alex Smithies out is no small feat. Gave McCarthy a huge decision to make regarding Smithies this summer.
Joe bennett – He was just starting to regain his best form before his ACL injury hit him. Although his contract is over, he should not be scrapped. He is a leading operator at this level and should be offered a new contract. Can also help feed Joel Bagan.
Sean Morrison – Another top season for the skipper. Improved throughout the campaign, at both ends of the field. No risk of him leaving this summer.
Aden flint – With McCarthy at the helm, Flint looks destined to stay. He has become a central and important figure in the functioning of this team. It took a lot of patience, but went from zero to hero in a few months.
Curtis Nelson – After a shaky start to the season, Nelson has grown throughout the year. Thrown his body over the line several times before his calf injury before the international break. Adds dynamism to the last three.
Tom sang – Has played for his future the last few games and he should be rewarded. Has been one of the best against Swansea City and seems more than capable of filling that right-back spot to move forward.
Ciaron Brown – Given that City deploy three center-backs, they certainly need a spare or two and Brown has managed to replace him. It is also versatile, as it can fit into the rear left. Has done well since returning from Livingston in January.
Joel bagan – Insiders believe this young man will be the long-term occupant of that left-back shirt, but he’s not quite the finished article yet. But a young, high-level hopeful whose involvement should skyrocket the next term. One to watch out for.
Perry ng – Maybe Kieffer Moore aside, Perry Ng was signing of the season. Has been magnificent since joining the club in January and taking to the Championship like a duck in the water. Keep, keep, keep.
Will vauks – Another who has played a central role in the renewal of City in recent months. Many were outraged that he was left out of Wales’ last team. Been in great shape and, as such, has attracted admirers. If Norwich tables £ 7million, however, there is a conversation to be had.
Joe rall – Someone who donates 100 percent for the jersey and will rack up appearances year after year. Combative when needed, but also has the capacity to lead and create.
Leandro Bacuna – The jury does not know if he is a “No.10” per se, but Bacuna is an important part of this team. The midfielder just brings extra legs and rhythm to the midfield. Maybe he needs to fall back into that sitting position, though.
Marlon Pack – Has been on a roller coaster since arriving from Bristol City, but is firmly back in the good books now. Perfectly fits McCarthy’s system, having been given a more defensive mandate.
Jonny williams – Probably haven’t had enough opportunities since joining in January, but Cardiff has the option of triggering an extension. McCarthy clearly loves him so he will have chances, especially with Harry Wilson set to return to Liverpool.
Josh murphy – Has probably shown enough in recent months to deserve his place in the next term. He will only get better in this second attacking role and it looks like his best position as of the minute. Adds excitement and rhythm to the song.
Kieffer moore – Unless a Premier League club come up with a top-notch offer, Cardiff will do everything possible to keep the Welsh striker. Has been great this season and City are hoping they can replicate that form next season, regardless of which division they are in.
Max Watters / Mark Harris – There is only room for one of them in the playing team per minute. They are too similar and won’t be lucky enough if they both stay. It’s up to McCarthy to decide who he thinks has the most chances of playing next season.
Rubin colwill – Everything indicates that the Welsh Under-21 international will be much more involved next season. Heartbreaking for Cardiff City’s Under-23s and set to have increased involvement in the first team next season.
* Sol Bamba – We don’t know if Bamba will play next season. First, he needs to finish his last chemotherapy sessions, which end this month. Must be maintained, however, in any capacity. Practice, play, cheerleading. He needs to be guarded.
Max Watters / Mark Harris – As mentioned above, if one is maintained, the other must leave. Both need league football now, youth team football will not help them develop given the stages in their careers.
Kieron evans – One of the academy’s most exciting attack prospects. Who knows, if others leave, the path to the first team may clear for the Welsh junior international. If McCarthy isn’t planning playing time, he needs league experience too.
Junior Hoilett – Has not played since being substituted in McCarthy’s first game at Barnsley. His contract expires at the end of the season and all roads seem to lead to the exit door. Has been a great servant, but it seems unlikely that a new deal will be offered.
Lee tomlin – It’s almost unthinkable that he could leave, given the heroism of last season, but injuries have wrecked this season. He also appears to be completely out of favor under McCarthy. Unless something drastic changes in the last eight games, he might just leave.
Alex smithies – It should be emphasized that if the club has the funds to keep it, they should definitely do so. But he is one of the best employees and plays the role of second violin. He too is at a stage in his career where he must play regularly. He’s too good not to.
Gavin Whyte – A player who divides opinions, but in the current system there does not seem to be a place for him. There are two very good right-back options ahead of him and he doesn’t fit that mold of a second attacker. He might have to go.
Isaac vassell – If the striker manages to get back in good enough shape by the summer, Cardiff will have to do everything in their power to move him forward. It just didn’t work, and you have to feel it with the injuries, but it was still a risk. The ties must be broken this summer.
Robert glatzel – This is another extremely difficult question. There are a lot of reasons to keep him, he’s clearly a good finisher, but does he fit McCarthy’s style? He’s not a target man and heist like Moore, nor a running speedster like Murphy. If an offer of several million pounds arrives, it would be surprising if the club turn it down.