Craig Bellamy will play a key role for Cardiff City next season, believes John Hartson.
His former Wales team-mate has heaped praise on Bellamy, saying he will play an influential part of Cardiff’s progress in the Premier League.
The Championship winners will make their Premier League debut at West Ham United on the opening weekend of the season.
With already extensive experience and knowledge of the Premier League, Bellamy will be the driving force behind Cardiff’s campaign.
Hartson said to BBC Sport: “He will be massive for Malky Mackay next season.
"Craig's got great experience of the Premier League. He's got real quality.
"I'm sure Craig will want to play every week - I know what the boy is like. But I think Malky will have to put the reins on him at times and hold him back slightly.
"He's the other side of 33 now and you wouldn't expect him to play every single game, but he's in great condition and looks after himself."
Bellamy has played for a number of clubs in the Premier League, including Coventry City, Manchester City and Liverpool.
West Ham and Manchester City will be Cardiff’s opponents in their opening two games of the Premier League.
No new signings have been made as of yet but the club are working hard to sign players ahead of the season.
Opportunities will be given to players that made an impression in the Championship. If they continue with the work ethic that they had whilst playing in the Championship they will find adjustment to top flight football a little easier.
Mackay hopes to add to the team to have them fully prepared for when the new season starts up on August 17th.
He wants to make sure that Cardiff start the season with a bang, so will invest in new talent to strengthen the squad where needed.
With experienced players such as Bellamy, will Cardiff have the right players to guide them to success in their first season and to deal with the pressure playing at top level?
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