Give Kenneth Zohore his chance at Anfield. Pic: Getty Images.

Bluebirds Manager Believes Zohore Can Be Main Man

Neil Warnock is keen to see Danish striker Kenneth Zohore top become his ‘main man’ in the chase for Premier League goals.

The Bluebirds are the only Premier team yet to score after two fixtures and they travel to play Huddersfield Town on Saturday (3pm).

Bobby Reid led Cardiff City’s attack during their 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth, while Zohore stepped in for the goalless draw against Newcastle United at home.

“Theoretically, Kenneth should be my main man,” says manager Warnock. “When he’s doing well, he scores goals left, right and centre.

“Gary Madine has come back really well, lost a lot of weight. When I look at [Brighton striker] Glenn Murray, who was fantastic the other day at 34 years of age, I’m sure if Gary set his mind to it he could play like that.

‘Do The Ayatollah’ Bobby!
Bluebirds’ forward Reid.. Pic: Cardiff City.

“Reid plays behind. Not a midfield player, but just behind the striker. He’s more of a threat playing that bit deeper.

“We also have Danny Ward, who’s flying at the minute. In the next few games I’ll probably probably all of them.”

Cardiff follow their trip to Huddersfield with back-to-back home fixtures against Norwich City, in the Carabao Cup, next Tuesday and Arsenal.

All four forwards will play in at least one of the next three matches. 

Huddersfield were favourites to be relegated last season, but they stayed up despite being the League’s joint-lowest scorers and Warnock says: “James and William, my two boys were with me at the end of the season, and we were jumping up and down when they stayed up at Chelsea.

“Not for selfish reasons about us wanting to get promotion, but just because we wanted Huddersfield to stay up.

“It was a remarkable achievement and we have a soft spot for Huddersfield.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock pictured with a Bluebirds fan.

“It gets more difficult. Even the money Huddersfield have spent is quite remarkable compared to a few years ago.

“We’re at the bottom end of that trying and creep up and catch them up.

“They have shown what can be achieved. It was fabulous for them last season and David [Wagner] has done a terrific job.”

City players flew to Yorkshire from Cardiff Airport today with Aaron Gunnarsson the only injury absentee with a knee problem.

The Bluebirds will be reunited with former captain Mark Hudson, now in a coaching role at Huddersfield.

Hudson played a key role in helping Cardiff earn promotion to the Premier in 2013 and was captain when his current club went up two years ago.

“From my first day in England, Mark has been one of the biggest positives,” said Huddersfield manager David Wagner.

“He has been a huge influence in our dressing room – a total professional with a winning mentality. 

“Make no mistake; Mark made a huge contribution to the success this Club enjoyed in 2016/17, both through his performances on the field and his influence off it.

Cardiff City’s Harry Arter (left) and Newcastle United’s Kenedy battle for the ball. (Photo by Simon Galloway/PA Images via Getty Images)

“The qualities Mark has as a person and a footballer make him an excellent coach.”

The Terriers are yet to pick up their first point of the season after faced two tough opening fixtures, against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Cardiff will be followed to Yorkshire by 2,300 fans with the away section sold out at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Midfield player Harry Arter, signed on loan from AFC Bournemouth, will make his second appearance for Cardiff and talked about the special relationship Warnock has with his players.

“He’s such a great guy,” said Arter. “He’s someone you feel that you’d run through brick walls for.

“The gaffer is very honest in his assessment of players and that’s what you look for in a manager.

“I’ve really enjoyed the few weeks that I’ve worked with him and hopefully I can do what he asks of me.

“The lads are a great bunch here and they don’t make you feel like the new lad at all. You almost feel like you’ve been here for a long time.”

Cardiff City, possible: Neil Etheridge, Bruno Manga, Sean Morrison (capt), Sol Bamba, Joe Bennett, Josh Murphy, Joe Ralls, Victor Camarasa, Harry Arter, Junior Hoilett, Kenneth Zohore.

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