Cardiff are going to need to make big changes to their squad this summer if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop next season.
They already have good experience in their squad, but they need to make sensible additions which enhance their calibre as a Premier League side in all sections of the current team.
One player they should seriously consider going after is Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal. A player with a year left on his current deal at the Gunners and a player who could do a serious job for the side.
Bendtner is not a signing that will cause Cardiff to break the bank, which means they can conserve a good percentage of their transfer budget this summer for other players.
Cardiff have the ability to play to the more egotistical elements of Bendtner’s game in the respect that he seems to be at his very best when he is the main man in an attack.
He does not have a prolific record, which hasn’t been helped by the fact he’s not scored a league goal during his loan spell at Juventus and suffered a knee injury. However, what he does add to the side is a lot of height and power up front, and has a real point to prove
There are going to be plenty of matches next season where Cardiff struggle to compete in terms of ball retention and possession. That makes it important for them to have an outlet they can hit the ball long to.
If the basic shape of the attack is based around the way Bendtner plays when he’s at his best, then Malky Mackay has a great chance of keeping his team in matches against bigger sides, ensuring they take as many points as possible.
It doesn’t seem as though Arsenal are going to be offering Bendtner a contract extension beyond the year left he has to run on his current deal.
What that should say to a team like Cardiff is that the Gunners are more than likely open to taking offers for him. They can go to Arsenal before his availability becomes official and poach him before any other rivals can react.
The only worry for Cardiff is his injury problems, he’s been out of the Juventus side for long spells on two occasions this season, and the impact his ego could have on the rest of the side.
Some Cardiff players may not like having worked so hard to win the Championship, just to be cast aside for someone they won’t see as any better, at a time when the club is just beginning its Premier League adventure.
However, that should be something Mackay is well aware of and something he should have the know-how to be able to deal with efficiently.
Would Bendtner be a good signing for Cardiff?
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