Saturday, February 11, 2012

Haris hits the Taff trail

With the loan window reopening for Football League clubs last week, Cardiff were quick to bolster their squad with the addition of Haris Vuckic, who's signed up for a month-long loan.

It's been a bit of an odd season for the Slovenian. The Silver Fox handed him an early Christmas present against West Brom in December, somewhat unexpectedly giving him the nod over Mehdi Abeid in the absence of Dreamboat, Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling. We lost, but he was the pick of our players, only to find himself dropped for the Boxing Day trip to the Reebok. Back in the starting line-up at Anfield, he was anonymous and hasn't been seen in the first team since.

This loan will give Vuckic an opportunity to get some games under his belt, hopefully in his preferred position in central midfield. The display against the Baggies suggested he'll have plenty to offer the Welsh side, who are once again pushing for promotion to the Premier League but suffered a setback last weekend, throwing away a lead in a home defeat to Blackpool.

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Sylvain Marveaux has conceded that his season may already be over, curtailed by the groin strain he picked up against Everton in November - his first and, to date, only Premier League start for the club. We knew we were signing a player with a track record of injuries, but sadly it seems as though the gamble may not be paying off with Marveaux, even if it's doing so spectacularly with Demba Ba. You win some, you lose some - but, as Marveaux mentioned in the interview, he's still got four years left on his contract. We may rue making such a long-term commitment.

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