Relegation for the Bluebirds could see many players exit the scene of the South Wales club
The Bluebirds sit 19th, three points from safety having picked up just six wins all season. Many believed their quality on paper at the beginning of the campaign would be enough to ensure survival. But they are on the brink, and the fixtures are coming thick and fast with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea still to come.
Should the worst happen, here are a few names that may be lured away from potential Championship football next season:
David Marshall – Has been outstanding in the Cardiff goal all season long. Is the most worked goalkeeper in the Premier League with 121 saves, and has earned positive recognition from players and pundits. Unlikely to attract a headline move, but could be snapped up by promoted clubs from the Championship. Kasper Schmeichel’s contract runs out at Leicester City in June, and should he pursue other options, it could make Marshall one of the prime candidates to fill the vacancy.
Steven Caulker – Has been a rock in defence despite being in a side that has shipped more than 50 goals this season. Has not missed a minute of play for the Bluebirds and is clearly a Premier League quality defender. Always a goal threat in the opposition penalty area and has future international credentials for England. Would he be convinced to stay with Cardiff if a top-flight club came knocking? Unlikely.
Craig Bellamy – Likely to be his last season as a professional footballer. Bellamy has said he’d love his last achievement in the sport to be keeping Cardiff in the Premier League. But would he be up for another season in the Championship with increased fixture count and the task of getting the Bluebirds in the Premier League for the second time?
Gary Medel – Has impressed at times during his debut season in the Premier League. Admired for his aggressive approach in the holding midfield role, the Chilean has certainly done a solid job to date for the Bluebirds. Like Marshall, could be one of those players who attract the newly promoted clubs. A return abroad would also be a viable option for Medel.
Jordon Mutch – One of City’s best players this season and will surely take Cardiff’s goal of the season prize for his strike against Fulham in September. Has shown he is more than capable of being a force in a Premier League midfield, and would certainly be frustrated at a potential return to Championship football.
Relegation for Cardiff this season will certainly lead to departures. But just how many remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, their impressive defensive spine in Marshall, Caulker and Gary Medel will attract a lot of attention from other clubs.