Neil Warnock’s Ins And Outs At Cardiff

Neil Warnock is still keen to add three more players to his squad for 2017-18 before their first pre-season fixture at Taffs Well.

The Bluebirds manager has already added five new signings, while he also wants to see several members of the Cardiff City squad move on.

He has accepted an Ipswich Town an undisclosed transfer bid for Welsh midfield player Emyr Huws, who has two years left on his Cardiff contract.

Bristol City and Wolves are also keen on the 23-year-old Huws, but Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is confident he will get his man. Huws was on loan with Ipswich from Cardiff last season, scoring three goals in 13 matches.

Rickie Lambert has a big decision to make after Warnock told the former England and Liverpool striker that he ranks behind Kenneth Zohore and new signing Danny Ward.

“If Zahore’s fit and Ward’s fit, he (Lambert) is not going to get much game time at all, is he? He’s not daft,” said Warnock.

“It’s a catch-22 situation for Rickie – he wants to get fit enough to play enough in the Championship, yet he needs games to get himself fit.

“We haven’t been able to do that on either front.”

Lambert scored only four goals in 13 league starts for Cardiff City in 2016-17.

Declan John, Frederic Gounongbe, Craig Noone, Stuart O’Keefe, Anthony Wilson and goalkeeper Ben Wilson look unlikely to figure in Warnock’s plans, while Tom Adeyemi won’t return to the club.

He spent last season on loan with Rotherham and is now out of contract at Cardiff. Relegated Rotherham would love him to stay at the Yorkshire club, but Adeyemi, who started his professional career with Norwich City, looks certain to sign for the Canaries or Ipswich Town on a free transfer.

Warnock’s new signings so far are Ward, from Rotherham, Scotland defender Callum Paterson and winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing plus goalkeepers Lee Camp and Neil Etheridge.

Cardiff have been linked with a move for Everton defender Phil Jagielka, but his former club Sheffield United are also keen and the ex-England international could stay at Premier League level.

Jagielka and Warnock worked together at Sheffield United, but if centre-back Bruno Manga agrees to stay with Cardiff that could end any interest in the Everton man.

Warnock splashed out £1.6m on Rotherham’s highly-rated striker Danny Ward and that looks good business for a player rated at £5m during last season. Both Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town offered bigger transfer fees than Cardiff, while Huddersfield Town, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County were also keen.

Ward, though, wanted to work with his firmer manager Warnock again, and is likely to team up with Zohore in a two-man attack for the Bluebirds.

The powerful Idriss Saadi, who scored 16 goals for Belgian club KV Kortrijk on loan, has another year left on his Cardiff contract and could yet return to challenge Zohore and Ward.

All three strikers scored 12 or more goals for their clubs last season.

Cardiff are likely to have to pay compensation for Paterson, while the Mendez-Laing, Camp and Etheridge were all free transfers.

Cardiff City’s full pre-season fixtures

July

Friday 14: Taff’s Well (away 7pm, Rhiw Ddar)

Monday 17: AFC Tavistock (away 7pm, Langsford Park)

Wednesday 19: Bodmin Town (away 7pm, Priory Park)

Thursday, 20: Under-23 v AFC St. Austell (away 7pm, Poltair Park)

Friday 21: Plymouth Argyle FC (away 7pm, Home Park)

Saturday 22: Under-23 Bideford AFC (away 2pm, The Sports Ground)

Tuesday, 25: Shrewsbury Town (away 7pm, The Greenhous Meadow)

Friday 28/Saturday 29: To be arranged (home, Cardiff City Stadium)

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