If you’re a Cardiff City fan, it’s safe to say that the start of this Championship campaign hasn’t at all gone to plan.
The Bluebirds, who weren’t really tipped to struggle at the start of the campaign, sit rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points from their opening eight games. Manager Paul Trollope is under serious pressure to turn things around at the Cardiff City stadium and with a huge tie against fellow strugglers Rotherham United on the horizon this weekend, the turnaround must start sooner rather than later.
But with goals in short supply and their leaky defence not helping in the slightest, just how doomed are Cardiff City? We’re only eight games in so there is time to turn fortunes back in the right direction but it’s going to be seriously tough. The Championship this year is tougher than ever and Cardiff really need to pick up the pace.
So with that in mind here are three reasons why the Bluebirds could be destined for the drop this season…
If there was a moment that really defined Cardiff’s season, it was the 3-0 away defeat to fellow strugglers Preston North End. If there was a team that was there for the taking, it was the Lilywhites, but they overcame Paul Trollope’s side with relative ease and after the game, the manager accused his players of not having pride in wearing the shirt.
Ruthless words from the gaffer and you know when there are open accusations of lacking desire, the club is in trouble.
Ever since the Tan family took over the club, it’s been slightly choppier than normal down in Wales. He’s an eccentric owner who likes to do things his way and things like badge and kit changes haven’t gone down all too well with some supporters.
And when ownership doesn’t start on the right foot, it’s always difficult to repair that slightly fractured relationship.
Trollope says that his relationship with Vincent Tan is healthy and normal but with things showing no signs of turning around, how long will it be before Tan wields the axe yet again?
Looking down the list of Cardiff’s signings this summer, you really have to wonder where their firepower is going to come from this season. Rickie Lambert was a great signing on transfer deadline day but the additions of little known Belgian league players Frédéric Gounongbe and Kenneth Zohore don’t inspire confidence in the slightest.
They’ll miss Fabio Da Silva at full-back and their replacement of Aston Villa reject Joe Bennett hasn’t filled Cardiff City fans with much confidence either.
They need some more metal in all areas of the park but now, they have to wait until January.