Mick McCarthy is interested in a deal to bring Callum Elder to Cardiff City this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that a source has revealed that the Bluebirds, along with Derby County, Preston North End and Huddersfield Town, are keen on a move for the Hull City left-back this summer – with the 26-year-old heading into the final year of his contract at the KCOM Stadium.
With the future of Cardiff’s current first-choice left-back, Joe Bennett, looking rather uncertain at present, as the 31-year-old has not yet put pen to paper on a new deal at the Cardiff City Stadium, with his contract set to expire next month, the argument could easily be made that the signing of Elder would actually be an upgrade on the Bluebirds’ defender.
Over Elder’s 44 League One appearances for Hull this season, the £720k-rated man highly impressed going forwards, scoring one goal, registering nine assists and creating 13 big chances, as well as making an average of 1.7 key passes per game.
The left-back has also been solid in a defensive capacity too, helping his side to keep 18 clean sheets and making an average of 0.9 interceptions, two tackles and 2.3 clearances per game in the league.
These metrics saw Elder earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.28, ranking him as Grant McCann’s second-best performer in Hull City’s title-winning campaign, as well as securing the defender a place in the League One Team of the Season.
In contrast, Bennett was much less of an attacking threat over his 28 Championship appearances for Cardiff, scoring one goal, providing two assists and creating two big chances, as well as making an average of 0.4 key passes per game.
Elder also seemed to slightly better the 31-year-old’s defensive output, with Bennett helping the Bluebirds to keep seven clean sheets while making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and 1.4 clearances per game.
As such, should Bennett indeed go on to depart the club this summer and if Cardiff manage to bring in Elder – whom McCann dubbed an “excellent” player – when considering each of the players’ league form this season, in addition to the significant difference in their age, it would not appear to be an outrageous claim to make that the Hull City defender would be an upgrade on the Bluebirds’ current left-back – leading us to believe that McCarthy should do all he can to land the 26-year-old this summer.