After Cardiff City were comprehensively knocked out of the play-offs 5-0 on aggregate by West Ham United at the end of the 2011/12 season, many people were starting to doubt whether the Bluebirds would ever reach the Premier League.

Prior to this, Cardiff City had also lost to Blackpool in the 2009/10 play-off final and narrowly missed out on the play-offs altogether in 2008/09.

During the half a dozen years where Cardiff were really challenging to gain promotion to the top flight - a manager was replaced, the ownership was changed, a new stadium was put in place and even the kit colour was changed!

Well now it has all paid off and after they never really looked like being caught,the Welsh side secured the Championship title.

Now, although the team had enough firepower to win England's second tier, I don't believe their current crop will be able to retain their Premier League status come next May unless serious changes are made.

Cardiff's last season was built on a very strong defensive unit including the likes of David Marshall, Kyle McNaughton, Mark Hudson - although he missed a large portion of the season through injury - and Matthew Connolly. 

However, their ability to score was often questioned and they were struggling a little until Malky Mackay found an answer in the January transfer window.

Former Manchester United forward Frazier Campbell arrived in January from Sunderland and proved to be a great signing scoring seven goals in 12 games which really cemented Cardiff at the top from the start of 2013.

Another striker has now also joined the club in the form of Andreas Cornelius. The young 6ft4 Dane from FC Copenhagen was the top goalscorer in the Danish Superliga with 18 goals.

His ability to hold the ball up and his aerial ability due to his height could prove a very useful asset to the Bluebirds next season.

If Cardiff fans were concerned about where the goals are going to come from, the addition of Cornelius will surely comfort those thoughts.

Also, Benfica's Oscar Cardozo has been linked to the South Wales club and any attempt to sign him would smash the club's current transfer record with Benfica wanting around a significant fee to allow him to leave.

Other names that have been linked with Cardiff include experienced Premier League players Park Ji Sung and Dirk Kuyt as well as Blackpool's Tom Ince and Celtic's Victor Wanyama.

If Mackay can bring in a blend of experience and young exciting prospects - as well as keeping their key men - then Cardiff will be in good stead to not only stay in the Premier League but progress and hopefully be a part of the Premier League for many seasons to come!

 

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