Could Solskjaer have prolonged his tenure by playing Le Fondre up front?

Adam Le Fondre

Adam Le Fondre has found himself starting Russell Slade's first two games as Cardiff City manager, and found the back of the net on Tuesday.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, former Reading striker Adam Le Fondre found himself playing out wide for The Bluebirds rather than up front in his natural position. Since Russell Slade has taken over at Cardiff he has played Le Fondre in his more conventional role alongside fellow summer signing Federico Macheda.

The move has paid dividends as three goals between the pair have seen Cardiff pick up six points from their last two games. Le Fondre has huge competition at the club from Kenwyne Jones, Nicky Maynard and Javi Guerra on top of Federico Macheda. Jones is currently their top goalscorer with five goals, and Slade has a plethora of talent available to him.

Aside from Guerra, all the strikers are proven at this level and any club would love to have them. Solskjaer obviously tried to find a way to incorporate as much of that talent in the team as possible, and that led to Le Fondre playing out wide. The 27-year-old was delighted to have finally got off the mark for his club on Tuesday and was delighted to have been given the chance to prove himself in his natural position.

"When I signed I had ambitions to play up front and I think all the fans wanted to see me up front," he said.

"I'm sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to play me up front and I don't know what transpired where obviously I didn't get picked up front.

Now I'm playing up front under the new gaffer and I think I'll go on to show why I should play there, I think I'll score goals."

Le Fondre scored 15 goals in the Championship for Reading last season, and in fact his lowest total of goals in a single season over the past seven years has been 12. That came in the Premier League with Reading two years ago, where he was often used as a substitute.

'ALF' is a natural goalscorer and one would have thought that Solskjaer more than anyone would have been able to recognise that. Perhaps if he had played him in his correct position it could have prolonged the Norweigan's tenure at the club.

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