Should former Derby defender be given his chance at Cardiff?

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John Brayford joined Cardiff City last summer, only to make two Capital One Cup appearances before being loaned out to Sheffield United.

After three consistent seasons at Derby County in the Championship, John Brayford made the move up to the Premier League in the summer with newly-promoted Cardiff. However the right-back hasn't been given his chance in England's top tier, and has since been reunited with Nigel Clough at Bramall Lane. 

Brayford bagged the second of Sheffield United's goals in the FA Cup quarter final against Charlton on Sunday, but should he be given a chance ahead of Fabio at Cardiff? 

Fabio joined the Bluebirds in January on a permanent deal after failing to prove consistency at Manchester United, where he had been since 2008. The former Fluminense defender was given his chances both at United and with a spell on loan at QPR last season – but did little to impress. 

At Derby under Clough, Brayford quickly became a fans favourite for his enthusiastic performances bombing down the right and his excellent delivery. He's been quick to regain that form at Sheffield United and has played a part in their surge up League One

I'm not sure how much Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen of him, but for anyone that has, it is clear Brayford is a talent wasted in the lower leagues and has proved himself at a higher level. 

Could it be the status of Fabio and his reputation coming from United that is keeping Brayford out of the Cardiff picture?

If Cardiff choose not to take him back, I'm sure Brayford will have a number of suiters for his services – and if he keeps performing as he has been, his opportunity in the Premier League is sure to come sooner rather than later. 

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