This is the first season back in the premier league for Cardiff after being promoted from the Championship in the 2017/18 season.
They don’t have the largest of squads and the majority of their players suited more to the Championship level.
The Cardiff City board understand that the club is going to struggle to stay in the Premier League, their expectation of “Attempt to avoid relegation” reflects that fact.
The board are expecting Cardiff to be relegated, so even if you’re not able to keep the club in the premier league it would not necessarily be classed as a failure.
Transfer & Wage budget
Transfer budget: £5.4M
Wage Budget: £808,810 p/w (£46,000 p/w remaining)
Cardiff City have spent £30M so far this season, their signings Josh Murphy (£10M from Norwich), Greg Cunningham (£3.5M from Preston), Alex Smithies (£3.5M from QPR), Bobby Decordova-Reid (£10M from Bristol City) and Leandro Bacuna (£3M from Reading) all seem like good signings, however they are good championship players, but don’t really have the quality for the Premier League.
These signings show signs that they have one eye on being in the Championship next season.
With only £5.4M budget left to spend it’s probably a better option to try signing youngster for the future, instead of experienced first team players which would cost a lot more money.
Bobby Decordova-Reid – (CA 128 – PA 137)
Bobby Decordova-Reid is a new signing at Cardiff, having signed for £10M from Bristol City in June 2018.
He had a fantastic 2017/18 season scoring 19 goals in the championship, however, he might struggle with the step up in quality to the Premier League.
nevertheless, Reid is one of the best forwards for Cardiff and you will need him to play well if they are going to avoid relegation.
Best Attributes – Passing (15), Acceleration (15), Concentration (14), Determination (14), Pace (14).
Josh Murphy – (CA 128 – PA 140)
Josh Murphy is another new player, after scoring 7 championship goals in 2018/19, he was signed for £10M from Norwich City in June 2018.
Murphy is an athletic winger who knows how to beat a defender and score goals, Murphy is a right-footed left winger who likes to cut inside and take a shot.
Best Attributes – Acceleration (16), Pace (16), Dribbling (15), Long Shots (14), Agility (14).
Callum Paterson – (CA 132 – PA 138)
Callum Paterson joined Cardiff in June 2017 for the bargain price of £400K, making 33 appearances in 2017/18 scoring 10 goals.
Paterson is an extremely versatile player he can play as a centre-forward, right-back, right-midfielder and central-midfielder.
Best Attributes – Long Throws (18), Heading (17), Determination (17), Strength (16), Aggression (15), Leadership (15).
Cardiff does not have any young players with a high enough potential ability really make it into the first team.
Improving the clubs youth facilities and increasing their youth level would allow the club to sign better quality youth players.
It would be worth targeting youth players from other teams to bring into Cardiff’s youth team to provide more quality.
There are two players with the potential to fairly be decent in the future. and would be worth keeping an eye on to hopefully improve enough to make the first team.
Rhys Healey – (CA 103 – PA 125)
Rhys Healey is a 23-year-old Striker, He’s currently playing in the under-23 team.
however, soon he will be too old for the under-23 team and you will need to make a decision on whether he is good enough.
at the end of the 2018/19 season, Healey will be 24-years-old, so if he’s not good enough to play by this point, he probably never will be.
Healey is a small Striker who likes to create chances for himself with good all-around on-the-ball attributes.
Best Attributes – Acceleration (14), Pace (14), Determination (14), Anticipation (13), Finishing (12).
James Waite – (CA 83 – PA 128)
James Waite is a 19-years-old attacking midfielder, he’s currently in the under-23s team, with a potential ability of 128 he could become good enough to make the first team in a few seasons.
Waite would benefit from being loaned out to a lower league team which would give him first team football to develop his skills.
Best Attributes – Leadership (13), Bravery (13), Aggression (12), Positioning (12), Teamwork (12).
Players to consider selling
Cardiff has a squad of leading Championship players, but very few Premier League quality players.
Therefore, most of the reserve players would struggle to make an impact at even the bottom Championship clubs.
Ideally, you need to sell these players, to make room for new signings to improve the overall quality at the club.
The following are a few players which you should consider selling;
Danny Ward – (CA 120 – PA 120)
Danny Ward is now the third choice left midfielder behind Josh Murphy and Junior Hoilett, he’s 27-years-old and has reached potential ability.
Therefore as he’s as good as he’s ever going to be and still struggle to make the first team, he’s somebody which needs to be sold.
Although Ward is not worth a lot of money, you still may be able to get between £1M-£2M and would also have the £18.5K p/w additional wages available to use elsewhere
Wage: £18.5K p/w
Matthew Connolly – (CA 120 – PA 126)
Connolly is the fourth choice centre-back for Cardiff and the 30-year-old isn’t going to get into the team unless there are some major injuries or if you fully rotate the team.
either way, you would be best to sell Connolly and replace him with a younger player with the potential to improve.
Although Connolly is valued at £3.5M, it’s more realistic to receive offers in the £1M range.
Wage: £19K p/w
Lee Tomlin – (CA 108 – PA 130)
Lee Tomlin is currently out on loan to League One side Peterborough for the 2018/19 season.
although Tomlin does have some decent attributes, The 29-year-old simply isn’t good enough to get into the Cardiff side.
You will need to wait until the second season before you can do anything, but Tomlin is certainly a player you should try to move on.
Wage: £22.5K p/w
Players to consider signing
Instead, you should probably focus on signing some younger players who can work their way into the first team.
One position which you should prioritize is right-back, as Cardiff are looking a little
One position which Cardiff do need strengthening is right-back, as the options are very minimal.
Max Aarons (CA 128 – PA 155)
Max Aaron is a young Wing-Back who currently plays for Norwich City in the Championship.
His first season at Norwich has been an excellent one, with Aarons showing great quality on and off the ball.
He has excellent athletic ability for his age, which allows him to get up and down the pitch all match.
he’s a good defender and is also very good on the ball, with the ability to get forward and create chances.
Aarons already has the quality to play in the Premier League, so would make the Cardiff Right-Back position his own.
Max Aaron is only 18-years-old but is already good enough to play in most premier league teams.
Best Attributes – Determination (17), Compsure (15), Acceleration (15), Natural Fitness (15), Pace (15).
Wage: £2.5K p/w
Expected transfer cost: £8M with additional clauses.
Expected wage cost: £25k p/w with additional bonuses and clauses.
Lewie Coyle (CA 118 – PA 145)
Lewie Coyle is another young Wing-Back, He’s currently on loan to League One side Fleetwood town from Leeds United.
he’s not quite at the same level as Aarons and his potential ability is also lower than Aarons.
Having said that, he does have good athletic abilities combined with his all-around defending and attacking ability, gives him all the attributes required for a modern day Wing-Back.
Coyle is a much cheaper option than Aaron and is able to be signed for as little as £2M, which is a steal for a player of his current and potential quality.
Best Attributes – Dribbling (15), Aggression (15), Determination (14), Work Rate (14), Acceleration (14).
Wage: £1.8K p/w
Expected transfer cost: £2M
Expected wage cost: £10K p/w with additional bonuses and clauses
Kenny Tete (CA 134 – PA 149)
Kenny Tete is another option for Right-Back, He currently plays for French side Lyon, however, he would be interested in signing for Cardiff City.
He’s a slighter older option than Aarons or Coyle and therefore has the slightly better ability, so would make a bigger short-term impact if signed.
Tete has excellent defending abilities, he also has good Acceleration and Pace, which would make him well equipped to defend against Premier League Forwards.
Wage: £29K p/w
Expected transfer cost: £8M
Expected wage cost: £40K p/w with additional bonuses and clauses
Cardiff City is a team with a big challenge in the 2018/19 season, however, if you’re able to get through the first season and stay in the Premier League, things will really start to open up.
Cardiff will the Budget available for you to build this team how you like, which can make this a really fun team to play.
FM19 Cardiff City First Team Squad
|Gary Cahill||32||D (C)||138||155||£6.5M||6,500,000||£80,000|
|Kurt Zouma||23||D (RC)||145||162||£25M||25,000,000||£46,000|
|Antonio Rüdiger||25||D (RC)||151||163||£28.5M||28,500,000||£100,000|
|Davide Zappacosta||26||D/WB/M (R)||140||149||£17M||17,000,000||£70,000|
|David Luiz||31||D (C), DM||151||157||£31.5M||31,500,000||£125,000|
|Andreas Christensen||22||D (C), DM, M (C)||149||171||£24M||24,000,000||£80,000|
|Emerson||24||D (RL), WB (L)||145||158||£22.5M||22,500,000||£42,000|
|César Azpilicueta||28||D (RLC), WB (RL)||149||165||£47.5M||47,500,000||£150,000|
|Marcos Alonso||27||D/WB/M (L)||145||151||£49.5M||49,500,000||£100,000|
|Victor Moses||27||WB/M/AM (R)||146||146||£25M||25,000,000||£75,000|
|Mateo Kovacic||24||DM, M/AM (C)||162||172||£49.5M||49,500,000||£105,000|
|Jorginho||26||DM, M (C)||157||162||£44M||44,000,000||£110,000|
|N'Golo Kanté||27||DM, M (C)||165||165||£62M||62,000,000||£300,000|
|Tiémoué Bakayoko||23||DM, M (C)||146||155||£26.5M||26,500,000||£110,000|
|Kenedy||22||WB/M (L), AM (RL)||135||152||£19.25M||19,250,000||£25,000|
|Mario Pasalic||23||M (C)||134||149||£14.75M||14,750,000||£32,000|
|Danny Drinkwater||28||M (C)||142||144||£8M||8,000,000||£120,000|
|Ross Barkley||24||M/AM (C)||145||159||£33M||33,000,000||£100,000|
|Ruben Loftus-Cheek||22||M/AM (C)||143||155||£17.75M||17,750,000||£55,000|
|Mason Mount||19||M/AM (C)||133||160||£14.75M||14,750,000||£5,000|
|Marco van Ginkel||25||M/AM (C)||142||149||£24M||24,000,000||£28,000|
|Christian Pulisic||19||M (RL), AM (RLC)||147||164||£29M||29,000,000||£150,000|
|Eden Hazard||27||AM (RLC)||180||185||£80M||80,000,000||£225,000|
|Callum Hudson-Odoi||17||AM (RLC)||133||170||£14.75M||14,750,000||£10,000|
|Gonzalo Higuaín||30||ST (C)||167||180||£61M||61,000,000||£300,000|
|Michy Batshuayi||24||ST (C)||145||160||£26.5M||26,500,000||£70,000|
|Tammy Abraham||20||ST (C)||133||150||£14.75M||14,750,000||£50,000|
|Olivier Giroud||31||ST (C)||152||156||£28.5M||28,500,000||£110,000|
|Ãlvaro Morata||25||ST (C)||152||170||£52M||52,000,000||£170,000|
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