Cardiff City Players Who'll Prove Their Premier League Credentials This Season
Cardiff City has a few players in the squad who can prove their credentials in the Premier League this season, whether they survive relegation or not.
The Bluebirds' opening game against West ham showed that Malky Mackay's team has a lot to sort out as the season progresses. The lack of potency in the attacking third, and the disorganization defensively are the two major elements to address.
The players on this list have little to no Premier League experience, but we won't be judging them solely on Cardiff City's opening encounter. Now this isn't to say these are the only Cardiff City players who can prove their Premier League credentials, but the ones who will.
While we don't expect these players to become stars, though some could, we expect them to stand toe-to-toe with the Premier League's best, and give their team a fighting chance as a result. These players will be productive in their roles for Cardiff, and could even be solid players on other teams in the league.
Of course, this list won't include the likes of Craig Bellamy, Andrew Taylor, Frazier Campbell and Steven Caulker.
Bellamy is well know to Premier League fans from his time at Liverpool, West Ham, Newcastle and so on. Taylor spent the early portion of his career as a regular for Middlesbrough, while Campbell's injuries are what prevented him from seeing regular time. Caulker did well during his season on-loan at Swansea City, and showed his talent when given the chance at Tottenham last season.
Peter Whittingham is another player with some experience in the Premier League, but unlike the others, he had little chance to prove himself at Aston Villa.
Here are the Cardiff City players who will prove their Premier League credentials this season.
One of Cardiff City's new signings, Gary Medel looks set to be an important player for Cardiff City this season. Whether or not they survive relegation.
The Chilean defensive midfielder is tenacious in his duties while protecting the back four, and has plenty of energy. He is a regular for the Chilean national side, and was one of Sevilla's key players during his time at the club.
During City's first game against West Ham, he did his best to stifle the Hammers' attacks, and was assured in possession. Having battled against the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain for the past two seasons, Medel should fit in just fine in the Premier League.
David Marshall may have let in two goals against West Ham, but he was one of the club's better performers on the day.
He was unable to see Joe Cole's first effort until it was too late, and few keepers would have done better with Kevin Nolan's well-placed shot. Other than those two moments, the Scottish goalkeeper was quite solid.
He had command of his area for crosses, and made an important tip late on to deny Modibo Maiga's cross-shot either entering goal or getting to Nolan.
Cardiff City may let in plenty of goals this season, but Marshall will be a key player in the few games that they hold opponents.
Bo-Kyung Kim has a tough task on his hands being the key creator for this Cardiff City side, but he has the talent to do it.
He was one of the few players who looked comfortable on the ball, though he certainly wasn't without his faults, and he was generally very accurate with his passing. Cardiff City will have to figure out a way to add more bite to the attack, and Kim will play a big role in that.
The one major negative in the West Ham game was his decision-making while on the break early in the first-half. A pass to Bellamy may have resulted in a more productive move than his eventual shot, but he showed his positive attacking attitude with that effort.
His decision-making will improve in time, and the Premier League will have one more creative player who can excite the fans.
Whittingham did have one solid season with Aston Villa early in his career, making 39 appearances overall, but that success was short-lived.
The 28-year-old gets the chance to prove his Premier League credentials once and for all in a tough situation. Whittingham's technical ability allows him to create for his side from open play and set-pieces.
Should he produce at the same level he has done for Cardiff City in the last few seasons, he could certainly keep his club in the running for survival.