Why Cardiff City must try everything to sign Dirk Kuyt

Cardiff City have been linked with a summer move for former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt.

Newly crowned Championship champions Cardiff seem to be going after Dirk Kuyt of Fenerbahce, offering the Dutchman a way back into the Premier League which he may not have been expecting.

If the side can pull it off then it’s a move which is going to have huge benefits for Cardiff, which are all based around Kuyt’s time as a Liverpool front man.

Financially it shouldn’t be too difficult to pull the move off, the only stumbling block is taking Kuyt away from a higher profile team and offering him a wage deal which is going to be competitive against other offers he’ll get if he’s available.

Cardiff are reported to have a transfer budget of around £25 million next season, which they have to use quickly and wisely to ensure they get high profile targets like this.

His experience is vital. The years he spent at Liverpool allowed him to build up a knowledge of English football which would make him an effective striker for Cardiff in more ways than one.

He would prevent that ‘rabbit in headlights’ effect which some young and inexperienced players go through when they play in the Premier League for the very first time.

As a striker he’s the sort of guy who seems to suit the way Cardiff may have to play football next season. He’s good enough to be able to hold the ball up and bring others into the game, allowing others to run beyond him and in behind.

There is talk that Kuyt will be allowed to leave his current side to go and link up with Cardiff before the end of the season, but that seems unlikely considering Fenerbahce are in the Europa League semi-finals.

Cardiff need players next season who know the division, know their roles inside out and in terms of strikers, know how to hit the back of the net regularly.

He’s also a big game pressure player which is important in the tight and tense situations that Cardiff will be forced to endure next season.

Penalties, half chances, hostile atmospheres, anything you can think of and Kuyt’s presence in those various situations, undoubtedly makes the Welsh side a better unit as a result.

Another thing that Cardiff have going in their favour is the presence of Craig Bellamy, someone Kuyt played alongside during his Liverpool days.

If the pair are still in touch, Cardiff have to utilise Bellamy to get him to sell the benefits of the side to the Dutchman, who may be very unsure over joining a newly promoted Premier League team.

Can Cardiff pull it off?

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