Rating each of Cardiff’s summer signings: Immers can be star man amongst host of shrewd purchases

Cardiff City manager Paul Trollope

After a busy and eventful window for The Bluebirds, we take a closer look at each of their summer signings.

Cardiff City manager Paul Trollope

After yet another eventful transfer deadline day for Championship clubs up and down the country, the time of last-minute deals, over-inflated fees, and over-talkative footballing agents has finally come to an end.

After a relatively busy window for Cardiff City, we take a look at who exactly The Bluebirds have brought in this summer, and how exactly we think they’re going to fare at the former Premier League club.

Lex Immers – Undisclosed – Grade A+

A name that is already very familiar to Cardiff City fans, 30-year-old Lex Immers has joined the club from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee after impressing in his loan spell in Wales at the tail end of last season.

Lex Immers of Cardiff City celebrates scoring their third goal

Having played for both ADO Den Haag and Feyenoord in his native Holland, Immers is a veteran attacking player, capable of playing both up front as a lone striker and in behind in a more traditional number 10 role.

Scoring 68 goals in his 286 league appearances in Holland – including 31 in his 100 league appearance for former club Feyenoord – Immers certainly possesses an eye for goal, as well as the ability to trouble central defenders with his sheer physicality.

Having also already proved that he possesses the necessary ability to both play and score in England – as evidenced by his five goals and one assist in his 15 appearances for Cardiff on loan last season – bringing in Immers on a permanent deal certainly looks like a very smart piece of business indeed.

Kenneth Zohore – Undisclosed – Grade B+

Another talented attacking player, but this time one whose best years certainly appear to be ahead of him. 22-year-old Kenneth Zohore is a player of whom very big things are expected.

Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City and Tom Lockyer of Bristol Rovers in action

One of the youngest players ever to make an appearance in the Champions League – featuring against Barcelona at just 16 years old whilst playing for former club FC Copenhagen – Zohore has previously had trials with both Chelsea and Italian giants Inter Milan.

A tall and powerful striker – standing at almost four inches above six foot – there is no doubt whatsoever as to whether or not the young Dane will be able to cope with the physicality of the Championship.

There is however a slight doubt as to whether or not Zohore will be able to put the ball in the back of the net as often as is desired. Having also joined Cardiff for the latter half of last season on loan, the tall striker managed only to score twice in his twelve appearances for The Bluebirds.

Despite these doubts, many fans certainly still believe that Zohore will manage to find his feet at the Welsh club, and use his time in England to finally fulfil some of the vast potential he demonstrated as a youngster.

Frederic Gounongbe – Undisclosed – Grade B+

Yet another striker who has joined The Bluebirds this window, and another striker of whom big things were expected in his earlier years.

Gounongbe attracted attention across Europe after scoring 35 goals in 71 games for Woluwe-Zaventem in Belgium, leading to the six-foot three-inch striker being scouted by a number of top European sides.

Cardiff's Frederic Gounongbe and Blackburn's Darragh Lenihan in action

After moving to Zulte Waregem in the summer of 2012 however, Gounongbe failed to impress, and was quickly loaned back out to RWDM Brussels in the Belgium second division.

After making the move permanent the following year, before moving to Westerlo just a year later, Gounongbe found scoring form, bagging an impressive 33 goals in only 63 appearances across three seasons.

Another striker who may take time to adjust to the rigours of the Championship, but also a player who has proved he is more than capable of finding the back of the net.

Jazz Richards – Swap deal – Grade B-

A versatile right back, capable of playing both in midfield as well as on the opposing flank, Jazz Richards will provide invaluable cover to Cardiff, as well as offering manager Paul Trollope a selection headache when it comes to the first team.

Charlton's Franck Moussa in action with Fulham's Jazz Richards

Signed from Championship rivals Fulham – where he made 26 appearances in all competitions last season, Richards also has experience playing in the Premier League, having broken through at Swansea when still only 20.

Hardly a blockbuster name but still a very shrewd signing, and one that may just prove its worth by the end of the season.

Emyr Huws – Undisclosed – Grade B

A graduate of Manchester City’s academy, and stand-out performer in last year’s Championship campaign, Emyr Huws is a talented young midfielder who still has a lot of time ahead of him.

Huddersfield Town's Emyr Huws celebrates scoring their first goal

Due to turn 23 at the end of September, the young central midfielder excelled last season whilst on loan at Huddersfield town – scoring five goals and assisting a further three in his 30 league appearances.

Signed for an undisclosed fee from parent club Wigan, Huws has also already been capped seven times at senior level for Wales, scoring once in the process.

A talented all-round midfielder, with an eye for the spectacular – as evidenced by his two stunning 35-yard strikes whilst on loan at Birmingham in 2014 – Huws is certainly a talented enough player to really shine in the Bluebirds midfield this season.

Joe Bennett – Free transfer – Grade C-

Joe Bennet is yet another former Premier League player, capable of playing at both full-back positions, although admittedly more comfortable on the left side of a defence.

A graduate of Middlesbrough’s academy, and going on to make 92 appearances for the team between 2008 and 2012, Bennett was signed by Aston Villa in 2012 – making 29 appearances for The Villans in his debut season.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Joe Bennett

Ever since, however, Bennett has struggled for game time, going on a number of loan moves to the lower leagues, and only ever really breaking into the first team of Brighton and Hove Albion in 2014-2015.

Despite possessing experience in abundance – and at the highest level to boot – having made only five appearances last season in all competitions may just have robbed Bennett of some of his match sharpness, and overall ability.

If he is able to recapture his fitness, and be given football on a regular basis, then his ability and experience will no doubt shine through. If not however, Bennett may just be looking for a new club again in 12 months’ time.

Rickie Lambert – Undisclosed – Grade B

Last but not least, we have journeyman striker Rickie Lambert, who has joined The Bluebirds for an undisclosed fee from Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom's Rickie Lambert

A name already familiar to footballing fans all around the country, Lambert has certainly proved his goalscoring credentials across his lengthy career in English football, having scored an immense 237 league goals across his 18-year senior career.

Despite his stellar record and Premier League experience, however, Lambert is most certainly heading into the twilight years of his lengthy career, with the Kirkby-born forward turning 35 in February of next year.

With the club having already signed a number of other strikers this window, many fans were hoping that a young, promising forward may also be brought in who could learn from the senior players and really go on to have a long and successful playing career whilst playing for The Bluebirds.

Whilst Lambert may still prove many of his doubters wrong, and score the goals that might just propel Cardiff back into the big leagues of British football, the forward will certainly have a lot of proving himself to do before he is once again considered one of the better goalscorers to grace this country's second tier. 

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